Cal Ripken Jr. made his first visit ever to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL. this Spring. Since Ripken retired back in 2000, the “Iron Man” has stayed close to the Baltimore Orioles through their minor league team in Aberdeen, Md. along with many other ways. Ripken is a part owner of the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
Ripken visited with the team on Thursday as the Orioles took on the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. He is currently promoting his new book entitled “Wild Pitch” and took time to sign autographs while he promoted his new book entitled “Wild Pitch.” He brought along 400 copies of his third book and they were all sold out as he signed autographs at the stadium.
Some of Ripken’s former teammates have returned to take roles with the front office. Brady Anderson is currently the Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Orioles. Ripken was faced with some questions pertaining to his interest in ever donning an Orioles uniform again. He told reporters that he hasn’t been formerly asked, but he would welcome a role as an instructor with team.
Eventually down the road I think it would great for the organization to have Ripken as some sort of instructor. If the St. Louis Cardinals can utilize Mark McGwire, then I’m sure there is room for a true legend. Instead of making him a hitting coach they should just employ him full time as liaison for upcoming players to mentor them on how to play game like it’s supposed to be played.
The next stop on the Ripken’s book promotion tour will be the at Tampa Bay Rays game in Port Charlotte on Sunday.