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.
But when Ripken hung it up after the 2001 season, he removed himself from baseball. And now Baltimore's hero could be headed to another city, including the Orioles former territory of Washington, D.C.
In an interview with CSN Chicago, Ripken explained that with young children, he wanted to be home and watch his kids grow up after he retired.
Now, those children are in their 20s, and Ripken has "the itch" to get back into baseball. Whether or not that would be with the Orioles is another question.
Ripken did not rule out working outside of Baltimore, specifically as manager of the Washington Nationals. Ripken would not answer one way or the other on the Nats job, 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, but current Nats manager Davey Johnson is set to retire after this season.
Buck Showalter is on very firm ground as manager of the Orioles, guiding the team to their first playoff birth in over a decade last season. With Showalter in place, Ripken would likely have to look elsewhere for that first coaching job.
Asked what it would be like to put on another uniform, Ripken replied it would be strange.
"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."
Watch the full interview here: