Wanna buy Cal Ripken Jr.’s house?

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Do you happen to have a spare $12.5 million laying around? No? Well, are you a freakishly gifted shortstop capable of winning a Rookie of the Year Award, two MVPs, a World Series and setting the record for most consecutive games played in baseball history all the while becoming the most beloved figure in Baltimore sports history? No?

Huh, well, that’s tough then, because it probably means you’re never going to live in Cal Ripken Jr.’s six-bedroom, ten-bathroom house, which is listed for sale with Sotheby’s Realty:

Custom built in 1985, then completely renovated again in the late 1990’s, the twenty-five acre luxury estate exemplifies elegance and beautifully captures the essence of refined country living. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase this outstanding property!

That’s pretty short for one of those luxury home writeups, so we just let to the photos do the talking. There are 40 of them at the listing. The best one is probably the kitchen. It has a sign in it that says “Keep it Simple,” which is quite a thing to say about a 25-acre estate with ten bedrooms, but we’ll let that go. It also has a full-sized basketball court, giant home theater, batting cage, baseball-style clubhouse, complete with training room with those little hot tubs, a baseball field and a private pond, which I assume is stocked with fish.

As is the case with most of these sorts of places, it’s so fancy that it’s hard to imagine someone actually living in it, but when you’re Cal Ripken you do whatever the heck you want. He made $70 million+ as a player and countless millions as a media figure, businessman and celebrity pitchman over the years, so it’s not like he was gonna get a split level in Catonsville or wherever.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.