Cal Ripken, Jr. is one of the more interesting names out there in the Nats' search for their new manager. They have yet to interview anybody for the job, but it sure sounds like Ripken is interested in talking to them.
"I'd answer the phone," he said on 'The Rich Eisen Show.' "Everybody wants a phone call like that."
Working for Ripken is the fact he is one of the best players in baseball history. But working against him is his lack of coaching experience.
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo highlighted experience as a plus in their search for candidates and it's not hard to decipher why. The recently fired Matt Williams was a rookie on the job with the Nats for two seasons and it showed. Bringing in someone who has done it before could prevent some of the mistakes he made during his tenure.
Ripken also addressed that notion and thinks experience is not necessarily required to be a good manager.
"The baseball background that I have -- you're a student of the game -- there's a lot said about experience or lack of experience in managers coming through. To me, it's all about your philosophy -- how you handle things, what you're going to do. And then it's being able to apply it.
"I haven't had a chance to apply that, so no one knows. So that would be a risk, I suppose. I'm in the business world now and all the time, it seems like I'm asking for experts to come around and tell me what to do because I don't have that background to fall back on. But in baseball, I have that background to fall back on and I would know how to deal with whatever situations there because I've seen it."
Hiring Ripken would certainly be a huge deal in the mid-atlantic area. Ripken is a legend in Baltimore and many fans who now root for the Nationals idolized him when there was no team in Washington.