Nationals not considering Cal Ripken, Dusty Baker for manager

  • The most intriguing name on the list of possible managers for the Washington Nationals has long been Cal Ripken, Jr.But Adam Kilgore, the Nationals beat writer for the Washington Post, reports that Ripken doesn’t appear to be a likely candidate for the opening . Ripken’s baseball credentials and local ties are obvious—he spent his 21-year Hall of Fame career playing for the Baltimore Orioles—but he doesn’t have any managerial experience, on any professional level. Speculation about Ripken as a possible replacement for the retiring Davey Johnson ramped up when outfielder Jayson Werth endorsed him for the job in the final week of the regular season, and Ripken himself has talked about being open to the possibility of managing at this point in his life, without specifically addressing the opening in Washington. The Nationals, though, have not reached out to Ripken yet.In the same piece, Kilgore also says that Dusty Baker, who was fired by the Reds earlier this month, isn’t a candidate for the job, either. Baker reached out to the Nationals with interest, but, accordin夜网论坛g to Kilgore, “the Nationals have not reciprocated that interest and have not asked Baker to interview.” On Tuesday, Kilgore reported that the Nationals were impressed with Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale, and mentions four other people on the Nationals’ interview list—current bench coach Randy Knorr and current first-base coach Trent Jewett, Arizona third-base coach Matt Williams, Padres’ front-office[......]

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    Long-time third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to play left field in rehab game

  • WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is scheduled to play five innings in left field Saturday night in his second rehab game with their Class-A farm team.Zimmerman has never played the outfield in the majors or minors. Manager Matt Williams says "He's ready. He's done a lot of work out there."Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 13 after breaking his right thumb while diving back to second on a pickoff attempt the day before. He's missed 42 games. The career third baseman has indicated a willingness to play left field. He's also practiced at first base. Left fielder Bryce Harper is out until mid-July following left th夜网论坛umb surgery.Zimmerman went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly as the designated hitter Friday night in Potomac, Virginia.[......]

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