Having surpassed the ejection total of his Hall of Fame playing career long ago, Ryne Sandberg appears to be prepping for a genuine career as a minor league manager.
Sandberg, in his second year at the helm of the Class A Peoria Chiefs, has been suspended three games by the Midwest League after a bench-clearing incident Thursday that started when the former Cubs second baseman confronted Clinton LumberKings manager Mike Micucci in the late innings of a 7-3 loss.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Sandberg and Micucci apparently bumped while arguing after the LumberKings had bunted with a 6-0 lead.
It resulted in Sandberg's third ejection of the season and seventh at Peoria. Sandberg was ejected twice in 2,164 games during 16 years as a player.
"It was verbal, nothing more," Cubs vice president of player personnel Oneri Fleita told the Tribune. "It's not a big deal to me. Defending his players is what a manager is supposed to do."
Sandberg, suspended two games last May for bumping an umpire, missed Saturday's game in Clinton and was to sit out games Sunday and Monday.