Cal Ripken is a lot of things. He’s a Hall of Famer, a player of many consecutive games, a broadcaster, entrepreneur and certainly an ambassador for baseball.

Despite all of those roles, Ripken is apparently still a Baltimore Orioles fan. While visiting the O’s in Spring Training to promote his children’s book (oh yeah, he’s an author too), the Iron Man talked about the direction of his favorite team.

Via CSN Baltimore’s Rich Dubroff:

[quote_box_center]“Putting my fan hat on, things have turned around a lot the past couple of years. It’s almost like you should be willing to extend some trust in the decisions and the direction of the team is as such that we’re a playoff caliber team. I think that’s the best anybody can ask for going in,” Ripken said.

“We lost a lot of offense in Nelly Cruz. We lost a good two-way player in [Nick] Markakis. I think the easy answer would be having [Matt] Wieters and [Manny] Machado, who were out most of last season. There’s some logic and reasoning as to what they’ve done and what they haven’t done. I still look at this team as a good caliber playoff team…from a fan’s perspective, I believe in it. I’m not too worried.” [/quote_box_center]

Cal also complimented the job Buck Showalter has done in the turning around the direction of the franchise.