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Nationals not interested in Cal Ripken Jr. as manager

Oct 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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

A bunch of candidates have interviewed to replace Davey Johnson as Nationals manager, but Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported previously that the team has no interest in Dusty Baker and now he says Cal Ripken Jr. “becoming an actual candidate for the job appears to be unrealistic” too.

Baker specifically reached out to the Nationals about the job and was shot down, whereas Ripken has simply talked in generalities about wanting to manage and has gotten some public support from Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth.

According to Kilgore “they have not reached out to Ripken about their managerial opening” and the Nationals are expected to name a new manager relatively soon after the World Series, so anyone who hasn’t already talked to them probably has no shot.

  1. natstowngreg - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Has Cal reached out to the Nats? Has he reached out to any team looking for a manager? I haven’t seen any reports that he has. Meanwhile, Mike Rizzo can choose from several guys who really, really want to be MLB managers, and have been working toward that goal. It might be good PR to reach out to Cal, but that’s about it — not unless he shows more than passing interest.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Cal hasn’t even specifically said he wants to manage. 90% of this is media hype. Cal stated he wanted to get more involved in the game. The interviewer specifically asked if he wanted to manage.

      “What I’ve always said is if an opportunity comes, I would be in position now to listen and explore it. So that’s all I said. Everybody else is running with it. That’s the amazing part. Everybody’s been asking me the same question for 10 years, and there hasn’t been too much of a different answer.”

  2. jb8588 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Cal needs to start in the minors if he wants to manage. Because of his name alone, there will be teams out there who would give him a shot to manage one of their minor league teams. He needs to prove his worth down on the farm first before he realistically wants to manage a MLB team.

    • sumerduckman - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Since he is part owner of two or three minor league teams, he could start with one of those.

    • zzalapski - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Larry Dierker and Mike Matheny (off the top of my head) have achieved considerable managerial success without managing or coaching in the minors. Not saying Ripken will be as successful, but minor league experience is not a prerequisite.

  3. chiadam - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I wonder how the conversation would go when one of his players asks for a day off.

  4. keyman0614 - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Cal was one of the greatest players ever and a great person off the field. I don’t think he could start as a manager and be successful. If he’s maintained his work ethic, he could probably learn to be one. Although historically, it’s usually the mediocre or subpar players who make the best managers. The old saying that those who do, do and those who can’t do, teach could be applicable.

  5. thesmedman - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    This is news? Mike Rizzo is probably the biggest sufferer of GM disease (head way too inflated).

  6. beachnbaseball - Oct 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Ripken needs to coach “somewhere” before he takes a job as a MLB manager. Just being “Cal” doesn’t cut it.

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