Cal dropped some knowledge in a released statement, calling Rosenthal's claim that Angelos didn't want Ripken to get all the credit, "just not true".
Cal Ripken responded to the Ken Rosenthal article that claimed Peter Angelos turned him down for a position within the organization saying that Angelos didn't want Ripken to get the credit when the Orioles return to glory.
First off, what should we call this whole thing? Kengate? Calgate?
Anyway, Ripken said:
“In my baseball experience, rumors and stories seem to break when things aren’t going well. Let me address recent media reports. “First I want to say that Mr. Angelos never said that he didn’t want me to get credit for any success that the club might have. That’s just not true.
“I have had a very good relationship with Peter for a long time. He has been an advisor to me, a great supporter of my foundation and it is because of him that we have an Orioles affiliate in Aberdeen.
“I have met with Andy and Peter on a number of occasions to discuss many subjects. Ultimately our discussions have turned to baseball, the Orioles and me. I have enjoyed those talks very much, and yes the subject has been broached about me potentially joining the organization. I look forward to those talks continuing.
“I have been consistent in my statements about a return to baseball since my retirement in 2001. With my son Ryan approaching the end of high school in a couple of years I have been thinking more seriously about a return to the big league game. I am more excited now to explore all opportunities and find the right situation that could lead me to the next phase of my life.”
So, Cal said that Angelos never told him he didn't want Ripken to get the credit. Cal didn't, however, respond to the Rosenthal claim that Angelos turned down Ripken for the instructor position. And that was always my biggest beef with Angelos in this whole thing. If Cal wants an open line of communication with Matt Wieters and Adam Jones as an instructor, he should have it.
But, it is relief to hear Cal call the "Ripken getting the credit" claim as "just not true". I do believe him when he says that. But this is still Peter Angelos we're talking about. So I do believe there is some truth in what Rosenthal originally reported. I just don't know what it is.
We should, however, find out soon: According to FOX Sports, Rosenthal will respond with another article later today. So whatever this whole situation is called, it's not going away any time soon.