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Ripken speaks about Palmeiro

Source: AP (via Yahoo!)

Cal has been really quiet since his retirement, but he's decided to talk some jive regarding his former teammate's scandal.

Speaking Tuesday at a media event for next month's Constellation Energy Classic, the Champions Tour golf event for which he is honorary chairman, Ripken said he was "shocked, surprised, just like everyone else. I hope there's a reason or an explanation."

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Ripken, who will become eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, said he understands why fans are upset and why they assume everyone who puts up big numbers is on steroids.

"That's the result of the black cloud on baseball," Ripken said. "Until it's rid of steroids, people are naturally going to think that."