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Ripken a Fan of Andrus

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 03: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers fields a an infield single hit by Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles in the top of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 3, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus got perhaps the ultimate compliment on Tuesday when Cal Ripken Jr. was speaking to reporters on a conference call.

    The Hall of Fame shortstop and two-time AL MVP, who holds the MLB record most consecutive games played, called Andrus “the exact type of shortstop that I would want."

    Can't really beat that in terms of compliments for the 25-year-old Rangers shortstop, who has become a bit of a polarizing figure since signing his big long-term deal at the beginning of the 2013 season. The main reason being is that he's constantly plugged into the No. 2 spot in the Rangers order and is hitting .158 with runners in scoring position this season with just 18 RBIs.

    Still, Ripken is a fan.

    “The way he plays the game is the way I would want him to play,” Ripken said.