Cal Ripken Jr. has been linked to the Nationals’ managerial opening, both before Matt Williams was hired and now again that Williams has been fired. It’s due partly to some fans always loving the idea of a Hall of Famer in the dugout and partly to Ripken himself repeatedly making it clear that he’d like the job.
As for the Nationals … well, they’re not interested. Mark Zuckerman of CSNMidAtlantic.com reports that Ripken “has not had any contact with the club about the opening … and is not expected to.”
It’s hard to blame the Nationals for shying away from a standout player with no managing experience considering how things went with Williams. Ripken, who retired in 2001, is currently serving as a television analyst for TBS’ postseason coverage.
According to Zuckerman the Nationals have already interviewed at least eight candidates, including veteran managers like Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker. And now that Don Mattingly is available he could be a candidate in Washington as well.