The Washington Post

Cal Ripken Jr. doesn’t rule out managing


Cal Ripken Jr., sounds as if he might like to try managing. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

Cal Ripken Jr. brought his impeccable style to CSN Washington’s “Table Manners” and the Junkies wasted no time bringing up the $64 million question: Would he want to manage a team?

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…

Follow @CindyBoren on Twitter and on Facebook.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
Comments
Show Comments
Most Read

sports

early-lead

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.