Which Chicago Cubs managers have been ejected the most?
Chicago Cubs skipper David Ross was tossed during last Saturday’s game in Philadelphia, which marked the fifth time he had been ejected in 2022. Ross has been ejected 10 times over his managerial career (2020-present). Fans have certainly been taking notice of his recent run of getting thrown out, wondering how many ejections he will finish with by the end of the season.
Could Ross chase the all-time Cubs manager ejection record? He is exactly halfway to the record. Ross is tied for seventh on the all-time list at 10 ejections with Frank Chance, Herman Franks, Jim Lefebvre, Fred Mitchell, Dale Sveum and Jimmie Wilson. They all trail Johnny Evers by one for the sixth spot, who was tossed 11 times in his Cubs managerial career. Who are the top five? Let’s take a look.
Most managerial ejections in Cubs history: #5 – Jim Riggleman
Jim Riggleman managed the Cubs for five seasons (1995-1999) and was tossed 12 times over that span. The native of Fort Dix, New Jersey was most known for managing the 1998 Cubs team which saw Sammy Sosa face off with Mark McGwire in the home run race, Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game and a postseason berth.
One might not remember Riggleman for being a hotheaded type of guy, and he was not the most animated person either, but he did get thrown out more than all but four other Cubs managers. It is worth noting that outside of 1998, the teams he managed outside Sosa or Mark Grace were mostly bad. In 1997 they lost 94 games and in 1999 they lost 95. Riggleman ended his Cubs tenure with a .472 win percentage. So it is easy to imagine he felt some frustration at times.
His ejections were pretty spread out, recording exactly three per season from 1997-1999.