Quick Thoughts On The Ripken Situation

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Peter Angelos put the kibosh on potentially bringing Cal Ripken Jr. into the organization.

“Ripken met with Andy MacPhail, the team’s president of baseball operations, about rejoining the organization, sources said.

Angelos, however, nixed the idea in a separate conversation with Ripken, telling him, according to three sources, that he did not want Ripken to receive credit once the team returned to prominence…

Ripken and MacPhail, according to that source, agreed that their relationship could be mutually beneficial. Ripken would have helped MacPhail with his vast baseball knowledge. MacPhail would have helped Ripken learn the administrative side of the game.

Angelos, however, was reluctant to create any perception that MacPhail was not fully in control, a source said…

Angelos also might have been concerned about putting a legend such as Ripken in a position to fail, a situation that would have been uncomfortable for all.

But Ripken was not seeking significant front-office responsibility, sources said. He merely wanted to become part of the baseball operation and help the club.”

Obviously, pretty much everyone is up in arms about this. Peter Angelos is meddling again, the team can’t do anything right, etc. etc. But you know what? I think it was a good move. I like Cal, but I have no confidence in his front office skills (nor should I). Even if he isn’t looking at a decision making role now, if he starts having opinions on things it’ll cause trouble.

“Andy MacPhail wants to trade Millwood for prospects, but sources say Cal thinks the veteran starter stabilizes the rotation.”

See where I’m going with this? I haven’t approved of every move that Andy’s made, but giving Cal any potential to shape moves would be a step back in my opinion. If the team keeps losing, how long do you think it would be before people were clamoring for Ripken to take over as GM? Bring him into Spring Training to work with people if that’s what he wants to do.

I’ll note that this reaction sounds harsher than it should, but that’s as a result of being push-back against the (vast) majority opinion.