"The baseball background I have, you're a student of the game," the 55-year-old Ripken said. "There's a lot said about experience or a 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. I haven't had a chance to apply that, so no one knows. That would be a risk, I suppose."
The Nationals fired Matt Williams after a disappointing campaign in which the preseason choice to reach the World Series didn't even qualify for the playoffs.