Cal Ripken Jr. will forever be known as baseball’s Iron Man. Just last week, he made it crystal clear that he would be interested in managing a ball club. Despite being linked to the Chicago Cubs vacancy and being supported by Jayson Werth to be Davey Johnson’s replacement for the Washington Nationals, no teams have contacted the Hall of Famer about joining their bench.
After Werth brought up Ripken’s name, Ripken told Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post,
“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. 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.”
While managing is a whole lot different than playing, and Ripken has no managing experience whatsoever, the consensus is that if he wants a shot, he will eventually indeed get one.