Ripken responds to Jayson Werth about Nats manager job

(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

You’ve already read Kilgore’s story on this topic, but just to refresh your memory:

Jayson Werth understands his role with the Washington Nationals. He has opinions, and no matter how much weight they carry inside the clubhouse, they may not matter to the front office. That did not prevent him from expressing one Saturday evening about the most pressing topic of the Nationals’ offseason.

If Werth could pick the Nationals’ next manager, he would start — no matter if it may seem far-fetched — with the biggest name possible: Cal Ripken Jr., the baseball legend whom Werth played in the same organization with at the start of his professional career as a Baltimore Orioles farmhand.

“He would be my No. 1 choice,” Werth said.

Well, Rich Eisen had Ripken as a guest on his podcast over the weekend, and he brought up Werth’s remarks. And dang if Ripken didn’t leave every door, window and patio screen open.

“Jayson Werth wants you to be the Nationals manager,” Eisen said, after lengthy discussions about the Ravens, working as a broadcaster and the MLB playoffs. “What’d you think of that?”

“Is he making that decision?” Ripken said, with a laugh.

“I don’t think he’s now in management,” Eisen allowed. “I think he might have popped himself further up the flow chart than he currently is. But what do you think about that idea?”

“Well, I mean, it’s kind of funny where I sit,” Ripken began, after another laugh. “I have said that at some point I’d like to come back to baseball. And most recently, I said that I’m starting to get an itch to do that. But I’d have to look hard at any opportunity, and so far, I haven’t been asked to do anything. So it’s very flattering that people think of me that way, and I have thought about how cool it would be to manage.

“And even Donny Mattingly got me thinking about this a little bit more,” Ripken continued. “He said there’s nothing like being a player, and coaching is pretty good because you help other people do what it is that they do. But managing is the closest thing to being a player. And I’ve always thought that, anyway, internally. Now I’m starting to think about that a little bit more. So far I’ve got nothing new to report, but that’s been the consistency, that I’ve made those statements. And I am getting a feeling that maybe I’d like to get back in.”

I mean, that’s not even close to “I’m flattered, but no thanks.” You can listen to his appearance here.

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