"Certainly there was an exploration and some conversation about it very early," Ripken told me and Kevin Sheehan on "The Sports Fix" on ESPN 980 in 2014. "I came down to a couple Nationals games for different reasons, and the conversation between me and Mike Rizzo, he jokingly said he's got to replace a manager. So I said, who's your candidates? And he said, well how about you? And so we kind of explored it on a surface level, but it never got to a serious consideration."