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Cal Ripken Jr.

2016 Sports stories also were some big news stories, plus a perfect season

The biggest sports stories of 2016 were also some of the biggest news stories of the year.

And almost all of them involved Cal Ripken Jr. and the baseball empire he has created in Aberdeen. None of it was particularly good news for Aberdeen, Harford County and the surrounding region.

The Aberdeen-owned Ripken Stadium needs millions of dollars in repairs. And the team that plays in that stadium – the Aberdeen IronBirds – is owned by Cal and his brother, Bill, who have decided to sell minority interest and potentially taken on investors from outside their family. And, The Cal Ripken World Series, which has brought youth baseball teams from across the country and...