is an American former infielder in Major League Baseball from 1987–1998 for the Baltimore Orioles (1987–92, '96), Texas Rangers (1993–94, '97), Cleveland Indians (1995), and Detroit Tigers (1998).
He currently serves as a radio host for XM Satellite Radio and a studio analyst for MLB Network.
Born in Maryland, Ripken grew up traveling around the United States as his father, Cal, Sr., was a player and coach in the Orioles' organization.
After attending Aberdeen High School, Ripken was drafted by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 1982 MLB draft.
He reached the major leagues in 1987, creating the first situation in baseball history that a father had managed two sons on the same team, as his brother played for the Orioles and his father, Cal Ripken, Sr., managed the team.
Ripken was a light hitter better known for his fielding skills, although he led the Orioles in batting average with a .291 mark in 1990.