Cal Ripken Jr. interested in Washington Nationals' managing job

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 10, 2015 at 4:35 AM
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Cal Ripken Jr. expressed interest in the Washington Nationals' manager job during a Friday interview on the Rich Eisen Show.

Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles but doesn't have managerial or coaching experience. The Hall of Famer asserted that shouldn't be an issue in his pursuit of the gig.

"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.

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