It used to be that there was a hierarchy to managing in Major League Baseball. Skippers had to work a few years in the minors before getting the call to lead a major league ballclub.
But with former players like Don Mattingly, Robin Ventura and Mike Matheny having success with no managing experience, that wisdom is being challenged.
Count Cal Ripken Jr. among those interested in becoming a big league manager -- so long as there's no apprenticeship.
Ripken hasn't exactly kept a low profile since retiring from baseball, but his pursuits mostly have been in philanthropy, along with penning a few books and doing some analysis work for TBS. However, Ripken was asked about managing during an edition of Comcast SportsNet's "Table Manners", and he revealed that not only has he been asked to interview before, but he also isn't ruling out managing in the future.
"I don't know. I've been asked to interview for managing jobs before, not too long ago,&q...