Two years ago, the Nationals hired a former third baseman with 378 career home runs and five All-Star game appearances under his belt to lead their ball club. But on Monday, of course, the team opted to part ways with Matt Williams, and now, will begin its search for his replacement.
Could that new manager be another ex-player, one who is a Hall of Famer and two-time MVP? According to one report, it certainly could be. Here's what Jon Morosi had to say just after Washington decided to fire Williams:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 5, 2015
Wouldn't that be something?
The article that Morosi brings up in his tweet (even though it's a month old and was written before the Nats' disastrous last month of baseball, it still seems to be somewhat relevant), states that, "Barry Larkin appears to stand a better chance of becoming the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds than Cal Ripken does of becoming the next manager of the Washington Nationals. But both ideas, at the very least, are intriguing." It goes on to cite sources who say that GM Mike Rizzo "is fond of Ripken."
Other possible candidates for the job outside of the Iron Man include Bud Black and Rod Gardenhire. The Nationals could even try to go after managers who are under contract with other teams, like Terry Francona.
As of now, well, the hunt is only a few hours old. The excitement surrounding a possible hiring of Ripken Jr., however, is not, and the hype behind the idea will only increase as time goes on.