Ripken admitted that the subject didn’t exactly come out of left field. He’s considered it and so have some of the People Who Run Baseball Teams.
“I’ve been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,” he said. “And I’ve always thought, if you have no interest in taking it, then you shouldn’t go through the process. But I’m curious as all get-out. What questions are they going to ask? What baseball quiz are they going to give me that I can’t answer? So to me, it’s interesting.”
There can’t be a quiz he couldn’t ace and it’s not like experience is a big requirement these days. Ripken, who retired in 2001, notes that some of his contemporaries — Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox), Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and Don Mattingly (Los Angeles Dodgers) — have been successful.
“It bodes well for me,” he joked. “No experience.”
But where is the best spot for him? He wasn’t speaking specifically to the Junkies or to The Post’s Adam Kilgore last month. Still, Ripken’s a proud local guy and the Baltimore Orioles, the team his dad managed, aren’t likely to have an opening for a few years. But a little farther south, there’s a team of young superstars who could use some guidance and the Washington Nationals are going to have a managerial vacancy in 2014. Hmmmm…