Cal Ripken Sr. led the Baltimore Orioles to their most recent World Series title as manager. Then, over the course of a 20-year career, his son Cal Jr. embarked on of the most storied careers in MLB history.
The Ripken name is so revered in Baltimore that last year his mother was kidnapped and returned once her abductors realized who she was. Cal Ripken Jr. hasn't been involved in the game in any official capacity since his retirement in 2000. However, according to Cal Jr., he's interested in following in the footsteps of his father and joining a major league dugout as manager if they'd be willing to give him the chance.
Via Washington Post:
“I’ve been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,” he said. “And I’ve always thought, if you have no interest in taking it, then you shouldn’t go through the process. But I’m curious as all get-out. What questions are they going to ask? What baseball quiz are they going to give me that I can’t answer? So to me, it’s interesting.”
There can’t be a quiz he couldn’t ace and it’s not like experience is a big requirement these days. Ripken, who retired in 2001, notes that some of his contemporaries — Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox), Mike Matheny (St. Louis Cardinals) and Don Mattingly (Los Angeles Dodgers) — have been successful.
“It bodes well for me,” he joked. “No experience.”