Bowden: Nationals "Giving Serious Consideration" To Cal Ripken As Next Manager

Patrick McDermott

According to former Washington Nationals' GM Jim Bowden, the Nats are "giving serious consideration" to former Baltimore Orioles' infielder Cal Ripken as they attempt to fill the job opening on the bench in the nation's capital. Will Cal succeed Davey Johnson?

"Nationals giving serious consideration to Cal Ripken a Managerial Candidate according to source." - Jim Bowden on Nats' manager search

Washington Post D.C. Sports Bog writer Dan Steinberg transcribed an interview Cal Ripken did with ESPN's Rich Eisen over the weekend in which the Hall of Fame infielder said that though he'd, "'... have to look hard at any opportunity,'" to manage in the majors, "'... so far, I haven’t been asked to do anything.'"

The former Baltimore Orioles' star has been mentioned often over the last few months in connection with the Washington Nationals' opening on the bench.

One former Nats' executive wrote on Twitter today that the Nationals are at least considering the possibility of bringing Ripken to the nation's capital as the successor to Davey Johnson:

If you haven't read all the rumors tying Cal to the Nationals, you can catch up on your reading through the following links:

In addition to the continuing Cal Ripken chatter, Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore wrote today that former Cincinnati Reds' skipper Dusty Baker contacted the Nationals after having been relieved of his duties with the Reds last week. The WaPost reporter did, however, note that, "Baker said no interview has been schedule, and it is not clear if the Nationals have reciprocal interest in him."

Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo has said recently that he's not going to comment publicly on the Nationals' managerial search as they look to replace Davey Johnson after the 70-year-old manager spent two and a half years on the bench in Washington. Rizzo did say that the search for the sixth Nats' skipper would probably be the first order of business this offseason. "'I think that’s probably job No. 1,'" he told reporters including's Mark Zuckerman, "'because a manager is going to have input on what we do with the roster construction and that type of thing.'"

Joe Girardi's name came up in recent rumors too, but the New York Yankees announced today that they had agreed on a four-year deal that will keep Girardi on the bench in NY for the near future. Will Girardi's deal push the other teams in the market for a manager to act?

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