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While most attention remains on the Orioles’ continued search for a manager, Cal Ripken continues to have discussions with Peter Angelos—and Andy MacPhail—about the current state of the organization.

Ripken told MASN and The Sun that he continues to have an open dialogue about a future role with the club, but it’s unclear how involved he will become.

“We have had some talks about learning and advising and being available when you can,” he said. “It’s sort of a secondary position or an advisory position. There’s a fairness on both sides–how much can you give, can you be involved as much as you need to be, or can’t you? Some of those issues need to be looked at.”

Ripken did not rule out accepting a secondary position and working his way up the proverbial front office ladder below MacPhail.

Of course, the continued discussions build on a Ken Rosenthal story from earlier in the season that claimed Ripken had asked for job only to be turned town by the club.

One job Ripken won’t be taking is the Orioles’ current managerial opening, citing all of the travel conflicting with his desire to be close to home over the next two years as his son Ryan completes high school and goes off to college.

“No, I couldn’t make [managing] happen right now,” Ripken said. “In some ways, if I had a magic wand and everything could work out, it would be interesting to consider and think about. But going back in and the time involved and the travel, I value the next two years, being around, too much to jump into that.”

Regardless of the future role—if any—Ripken takes with the organization, it’d be interesting to hear his candid comments about the managerial search and the current state of the Orioles.

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