Not too long ago, Washington Nationals right fielder Jason Werth endorsed former Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripiken, Jr. as Davey Johnson‘s replacement as the team’s manager. Rich Eisen interviewed Ripen for his weekly podcast, and it was clear that the Hall-of-Famer welcomed his endorsement from his old teammate.
In the interview, which you can hear in entirety at RichEisen.nfl.com, Ripken said of his managerial aspirations:
“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.”
Clearly, Ripen wants to be interviewed for the Nationals’ opening, if nothing else. While I think that there is no doubt that he is a long shot to get the gig, the Lerners and GM Mike Rizzo will give him an interview if he wants one.
Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr remain the odds-on favorites to get the job in Washington, but there is something about having Ripen in the dugout that I think remains interesting to the Nationals management. If Ripen is indeed serious about getting the Nationals job and dedicating his efforts to managing, then I feel that it would be very hard for Washington to turn him down.
It will be very interesting to see how serious that Ripen is about returning to baseball as a manager. The Nationals, who will begin their search for a replacement for Johnson within the next week to 10 days, know of Ripken’s interest. It will be interesting to see how the expected interview will go.