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Cal Ripken Jr. wants to be a manager

Oct 3, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Legendary Orioles player Ripken, Jr. listens to tributes prior to unveiling of statue in Baltimore Reuters

Two months ago Cal Ripken Jr. dropped some hints about wanting to get into managing and now it sounds like the Hall of Famer is into chasing a big-league gig this offseason.

Appearing on WGN Radio in Chicago with David Kaplan yesterday, Ripken said:

The urge to do something in baseball has come back, and I guess I’d be more inclined to listen because I’d be a little bit more interested at this stage, but I haven’t figured that out yet. I have to be very careful how I answer that question because it seems like speculation runs rampant, but it’s an interesting position to be in. But yeah, I think I’d listen a little bit more than I would have certainly three or four years ago.

Ripken’s name alone will cause a lot of media members and fans to want him for their local job opening–for instance here’s a Cubs version–but being a great player doesn’t necessarily lead to being a great manager and in fact more often than not the opposite is true. Plus, in this case Ripken has zero coaching experience, let alone managing experience. Still, it’s certainly an interesting story to track.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Yea, it’s not like he grew up in a household with a family member who was a big league manager or anything. And it’s not like

    He should probably start off in Bowie’s franchise, and coach a few years down there, before Buck is ready to leave, paving the way for Cal to take his place.

    • randomdigits - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Yea, Cal Sr had a great track record as a big league manager.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        “Ripken’s 13-plus years in the Baltimore farm system was the longest tenure of any minor league manager in Orioles history. As a manager in the minor leagues for 13 years, Ripken won 964 games, and later compiled a 68-101 record managing the Orioles. Several of his students, including Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and most prominently his son Cal Jr., went on to Hall of Fame careers.”

        He was hardly the failure you seem to want to paint him as. While his big league career wasn’t all-star quality, he had a very long and successful career in the Organization. Senior’s specialty happened to lie in developing younger talent, which is why he had so much success in the minors.

      • randomdigits - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        You specified big league manager. I will agree Cal Sr did a fine job in the minors.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        OK, my point was that Cal Sr. isn’t entirely without experience. He grew up living with and being taught by a career manager who’s resume included managing in the big leagues. And while he does not have any direct experience managing, he isn’t completely foreign to the job.

  2. randomdigits - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    O’s fan here.

    I think that Rip coming back and jumping right into a manger’s gig at the major league level would be a huge mistake for the team trying to sell a few seats.

    Glad Buck has a long term deal.

  3. xdj511 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    Your new manager of the Washington Nationals: Cal Ripken Jr.

    • nbjays - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Now THAT would be interesting. Imagine Cal bringing the Earl Weaver’s philosophy to the Gnats… “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three run homers.”

      • xdj511 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        It just makes sense to me in a way… the O’s are probably not going to be looking for a manager anytime soon… the Nats are… they’re competing for market share with the O’s… what a splash that would make!

  4. dan1111 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    He said “I haven’t figured that out yet” and even said he is answering carefully to avoid speculation that he wants to be a manager.

    Which translates into the headline: “Cal Ripken Jr. wants to be a manager”

  5. Old Gator - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Well, for as many years as he played in the majors, he certainly knows the unwritten rules by heart. Now I guess he can put in a few hours a night reading the actual hard copy rulebook so he’ll be ready to get thrown out explaining them to whichever idiot umpire blows a call in his face.

  6. brandinlogsdon - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Hey Cal the Mariners are looking for a manager… They got a bunch of young talent that just needs some guidance.

  7. grumpyredskin23 - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    There’s only one franchise Cal could coach/manage and that’s the Orioles. I like the start at Bowie comment or find some spot to coach the O’s to learn from Buck and take over when his time is up.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I have the utmost respect for Cal but he needs to cut his teeth in the minors first or at least be an AM for a few seasons.

    • tomtravis76 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      You don’t think cal knows the game inside and out? You don’t think he would command complete respect from all players inside a clubhouse?

      If you are the nats, you hire cal and help surround him with a great support staff in coaches.

      • DJ MC - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Washington tried this 45 years ago with Ted Williams.

  9. seanb20124 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    There is an opening in DC, but with no coaching experience he will not get a sniff

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    “but being a great player doesn’t necessarily lead to being a great manager and in fact more often than not the opposite is true.”


    True, look at how piss poorly people like Don Mattingly and Joe Girardi are doing. Lou Pinella and Joe Torre, were other horrible managers (eyeroll).

    • zzalapski - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      You think Girardi and Piniella were great players?

      • paperlions - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        He apparently also thinks Torre was a good manager, when he was an abject failure in 4 jobs and sat on the bench to watch the Yankees clobber teams when they had more talent and a larger payroll than anyone.

  11. temporarilyexiled - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    If he does get a gig, I’m guessing there won’t be any of his players accused of malingering…

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      It’ll be the first team in history where the eight position players who start the year play all 162 games.

  12. pillowporkers - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Go to the Twins, they need a new pitching coach and manager. They’ve lost 95+ games in 3 straight years, and their pitching has been 29th and 30th in the league that last two seasons. Oh wait, I forgot, we extended Gardy and Rick. Talk about the best coaching job in sports. Perennially terrible, never on the hot seat.

  13. DJ MC - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    As an Orioles fan who will always worship at the alter of Saint Calvin of Aberdeen, there is absolutely no way this could end well if he were managing the Orioles, let alone a different team.

    He should be doing what he spent the past dozen years proving he could: running an entire franchise.

  14. thomas844 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    So Cal, how do you feel about the city of Cincinnati?

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