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Cal Ripken’s kid is a pretty good ballplayer too

Jul 20, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

Cal Ripken

There’s a decent chance that the Ripkens are going to join the Bells and the Boones as a three-generation major league family one day.  Meet Ryan Ripken:

Ryan Ripken has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, which will be held next month at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Over the first three years of the game, 88 of the 103 draft-eligible players who competed in the game were selected in the Major League Baseball amateur draft — including 18 first-round picks.

At 6’6″, Cal’s son may be a better basketball player than a baseball player, though.  Still, you have to figure that someone is going to go with the bloodlines when his name pops up on the draft boards next year. And even if no one else does, the O’s will snag him. All that said, he’s hitting the ball well and is reportedly getting scholarship offers already.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    At 6’6″, he’s probably limited to 1B/DHing or pitching. I can’t recall seeing anybody at other positions that tall.

    • pjmitch - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Troy Glaus is 6’5″. that’s close!

    • rynev - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Corey Hart and Adam Dunn are both listed at 6’6″ (and technically Dunn used to play outfield). Otherwise plenty of 6’5″ players play other positions (including Mauer and Weiters at catcher), but it is true that most tall players are 1B or pitchers.

    • Detroit Michael - Jul 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      Cal Ripken Jr. was 6’4″ and played shortstop. He was considered very tall for the position at the time.

      An entire generation later, I’m not sure that 2 inches taller is any more extreme given the context (that average height has been increasing).

    • jeffrp - Jul 20, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Dave Winfield, Darrell Strawberry.

  2. largebill - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:24 PM


    If the kid makes it to the majors it would make them a two generation major league family not three. Cal Sr. played some minor league ball, but never made it to the majors.

    • bringpudgebacktotx - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      But Cal Sr. was a coach of some form for the Orioles for over 20 years. I think Craig was going with any part of the Majors, not just a player.

    • buffalocharlie - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM

      Let’s include the Hairston family in this discussion.

      Grandfather Sam Hairston, a NeL ballplayer who appeared in MLB in 1951.

      Sam’s two sons, Jerry Sr. and John

      Jerry Sr.’s two sons, Jerry Jr. and Sam

      • buffalocharlie - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        edit: Jerry Sr’s sons are Jerry Jr. and Scott (not Sam)

      • jwbiii - Jul 20, 2011 at 8:57 PM

        And a good excuse to post this.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Man…and I only grew to 5’9″ – biological fail…

  4. Panda Claus - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    The O’s need plenty of help. They should also draft his daughter when she becomes draft eligible.

  5. burgandyandgold - Jul 20, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    This makes me feel old. I remember when the kid was born – there was lots of concern that Cal would miss a game during the streak but he (and his sister) were born on off days.

  6. georgeanderson2 - Jul 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    The kid is pretty good and he is a lefty…

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