Cal Ripken Jr. said Tuesday night that talks with the Orioles about his potentially taking an advisory and secondary role in the club’s front office are “progressing nicely,” but he isn’t sure his situation will be settled in time for the 2011 season.
“I love the fact that it’s an open exploration and we’re talking,” Ripken in a phone interview with The Baltimore Sun and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. “My goal truly was to be available to [his son] Ryan and to my kids. But you start to look at it, it’s a short period of time and he’s out the door and both are off to college. The talks are generating more not on the short, short term, but actually what the long term will look like. There’s really no rush. They are ongoing, and they are progressing pretty nicely.”
Ripken, whose son is a rising junior at Gilman, has been speaking and meeting regularly with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.