Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has served as one of baseball’s best ambassadors both as a player and in retirement. Now, Major League Baseball is enlisting Ripken to help unite youth baseball and softball organizations to create more interest in the sports.
During a news conference at the winter meetings Monday afternoon, Ripken was named special adviser to the commissioner on youth programs and outreach.
Ripken will work with baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB’s youth programs department regarding strategies and initiatives aimed at growing interest in baseball and softball at the amateur and youth levels.
There will be a specific focus on building...