There’s been a lot of talk about Cal Ripken these days becoming a possible manager in the big leagues. Ripken gave an interview to Comcast SportsNet quite a while ago and his name has been in the news ever since.
Most of us fans know that the man is baseball legend, analyst on TV and radio, a knowledge baseball man and teacher, plus one hell of an astute businessman.
Who knows if he wants to be a manager in the big leagues? Frankly, based on his name, family history and post-career success, Ripken may not make a bad manager. Then again, Hall of Fame players sometimes don’t make the best candidates.
His name has been linked with the Washington Nationals since they are close to Baltimore.
Obviously, Ripken won’t get a shot at managing his home team anytime soon with Buck Showalter in the fold.
I’m sure if Ripken is serious about a job managing, a team with the need will call him in to talk. He may not be qualified; however, if Ripken does a good enough job in an interview and impresses a front office, the door could be open to him somewhere else.
Then again, he also might get a job.
If that happened, the team that hired him would certainly get a lot of buzz.
Really, I’ve always found Ripken to be a man more interested in the nuts and bolts of running a baseball organization – not a field manager. As well, I also don’t see him working his way through the ranks of an organization or ‘paying his dues’, much like Kirk Gibson or Don Mattingly had to do.
I may not know what I am talking about, but I’ve seen him more as a general manager type or having a part in an ownership group.
I’m just basing my thoughts on what he has done in his post-career.
What do you all think?