The Washington Nationals’ search for their next manager is on, and an interesting name has surfaced of late: Cal Ripken, Jr.

Earlier this week, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said Ripken would be his top candidate to replace the retiring Davey Johnson. Thursday, Ripken admitted to Dan Patrick that he has thought about returning to the dugout.

Now that I’m in a different phase in my life, if somebody were to have a conversation with me or someone thought that I would be right for a spot, I would explore it, but I don’t know if I would take it. I’m smart to say I would listen. […] Yeah, if somebody wanted me or somebody thought that I would be right for the position then at this stage in my life I would listen.

Former Nationals general manager and MLB Network Radio analyst Jim Bowden talked about Ripken’s potential fit in Washington on Inside Pitch.

That is a World Series caliber team that if Cal were given the opportunity, it would be a tremendous one — a job that doesn’t usually come open. You don’t usually see World Series caliber teams open up. Now that Joe Girardi is [back] in New York, all eyes right now are going to Washington, Cincinnati, Seattle and Chicago, the final four teams that have openings, and I find it fascinating that there could be mutual interest in both Cal Ripken and the Washington Nationals for that job.

Listen to the Dan Patrick Show, weekdays at 9 am ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio, and catch Jim Bowden on Inside Pitch, weekdays at 2 pm ET on MLB Network Radio.

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