It’s a rare occasion when a baseball player gets to pick his manager. Every player however could probably put together an all-time fantasy team in his head rather quickly if you asked him to. Recently, National’s outfielder Jayson Werth said if he could pick the next manager in D.C., he would pick Cal Ripken Jr.
Werth was drafted by the Orioles so it wasn’t too much of a surprise that he would put the Iron Man atop his list on candidates to replace Davey Johnson. So what would playing for a legend like Ripken be like? Well his resume is impressive to say the least.
The former shortstop and third baseman of the Baltimore Orioles played his first game at the age of 20 in 1981 and holds the record for playing in 2,632 consecutive games in 1998 — kind of makes you regret playing hookie that one day doesn’t it? I think we can agree it’ll be difficult to make an excuse to him as your manager to “sit this one out.”
In addition to his 20-year game streak, Ripken is a 19 time All-Star, two time Gold Glove winner, eight time Silver Slugger award winner, two time AL MVP, the 1991 Home Run Derby winner — the list goes on and on. Needless to say, Cal probably has high standards.
Ripken tallied 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, and 1,695 RBI’s in his career which ended October of 2001. He is said to be one of the best shortstops and third basemen in baseball history. How can you argue that?
Ripken was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, a first ballot inductee of course.
The best news about Werth’s comments about seeing Ripken as a manager is that the Iron Man didn’t turn down the suggestion. Although it would be difficult to see him in any colors besides orange and black, his presence on the field will always be welcomed.
Guest post to BSR by Jessica Kleinschmidt. Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessMLB.