I've never been a proponent of hiring Ripken.... not a doubt of his acumen, but thought if you hired him.... you'd probably eventually be in position of having to fire him, and that could be ugly.
When he was linked to the Nationals a couple of years ago, I thought that made sense. But he was apparently not interested, or not ready.
His kids are older. He's living in Annapolis. The old house is for sale / auction. He's doing commercials again.
Sold (or selling) his stake in the Ironbirds.
I'd think if he wants to be working for the Orioles, it's now or never.
I've never been clear if Ripken would prefer being onfield in uniform as a potential Mgr.... or in the Front Office.
Brady is his boy, so I doubt we'd see Ripken step over him for the EVP of Baseball Ops job.... but a Team President position? (Yes, Brady would be his employee in that capacity, but Brady would be running day-to-day.)
Or Showalter moves into the FO with Brady, and Ripken becomes the Mgr?
Not advocating for either.... just throwing it out there.... chances you think we see this?