Cal Ripken Jr. is a hero in Baltimore for his exploits as an Oriole. The homegrown player did it all in 21 seasons with the Orioles, hitting 431 home runs and breaking baseball's all-time consecutive games played streak.
And for years before the Nationals arrived in Washington, Ripken was the hero of D.C. area baseball fans as well. Now, it appears Ripken could re-enter the Washington baseball scene.
In an interview with CSN Chicago, Ripken did not rule out working south of Baltimore, specifically as manager of the Washington Nationals.
Ripken explained that after he retired in 2001, he wanted to be home to watch his kids grow up. Now that his kids are in their 20s, Ripken might like to be back in baseball in a managerial role.
Whether or not that would be with the Orioles is another question. Asked what it would be like to put on another uniform, Ripken replied it would be different.
"I have no idea, I'm sure it would be kind of strange," Ripken said of wearing a new team's uniform. "Ideally you want to do it with the Orioles but you have to look at who the opportunities are."
Ripken would not answer one way or the other on managing the Nationals, but he did say he would be serious about the opportunity. The team has not asked Ripken to interview for the manager job before, Ripken clarified, even though current skipper Davey Johnson is set to retire after this season.
Watch the full interview here: