Ripken combines baseball and compassion for Japanese players

BALTIMORE - Baltimore Oriole hall of famer, Cal Ripken Junior, is welcoming Japanese children to the U.S. affected by this year's earthquake and tsunami.

He sat down with ABC2 News', Charley Crowson. The two talked about the 12th annual Cal Ripken World Series and the special attention he's paying to international players from Japan.

Earlier this month, Ripken joined U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, as part of the ceremony to welcome the Japanese players to America.

Sixteen teenagers and four coaches from Japan are participating in a two-week exchange in the U.S.

Other highlights of the trip include a clinic at Ripken's baseball academy, a clinic at Camden Yards where the group will also watch a Baltimore Orioles game and an appearance at the Little League World Series.

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