Hall of Famer Cal Ripken admitted he has “the itch” to get back into baseball and suggested he’d like to manage a big-league club on a podcast on Sunday. At the Washington Post, Thomas Boswell has the details:
Here’s what (Ripken) said on Rich Eisen’s podcast Sunday with all the hems and haws removed: “I’d like to come back to baseball . . . I’m starting to get an itch . . . but I haven’t been asked to do anything . . . I have thought about how cool it would be to manage. Donny Mattingly said there’s nothing like being a player, but managing is the closest . . . I’ve always thought that . . . and I am feeling that I’d like to get back in.”
But Ripken should get the job only if Mike Rizzo thinks he’s the right man for it.
Without knowing exactly what Rizzo expects of his manager or how he feels Ripken might institute organizational philosophies, there’s no good way to know if Ripken should be or will be the team’s next manager.
Source: Ted Berg, USA Today Sports