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Cal Ripken Jr. won't return to TBS broadcasts in MLB playoffs

At this rate, you probably won’t see the Orioles in the postseason this fall. You definitely won’t see Cal Ripken Jr.

The Orioles legend will not return to TBS’ Major League Baseball playoff broadcasts, according to the New York Daily News. Ripken worked last season as a field-level analyst for the network, partnered with play-by-play man Ernie Johnson Jr. and color commentator Ron Darling.

Turner Sports confirmed the move to the Daily News and called it a mutual decision, with Ripken involved with his foundation and other business ventures.

Ripken made his debut as a studio analyst for TBS in 2007, and in 2012 transitioned to game broadcasts, working every postseason since.

He drew criticism for what some saw as lethargy in the booth, and he acknowledged to the sports media site Awful Announcing last year that “over time there is an accumulation of your comfort level, but I could benefit by doing more reps where you could feel like it becomes second nature to you.”

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