PITTSBURGH -- Major League Baseball suspended Phillies manager Charlie Manuel for Thursday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park and fined him an undisclosed amount for "aggressive arguing and inappropriate contact" with umpire C.B. Bucknor on Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Manuel has been ejected three times in a little more than a week.
"My hat bill kind of nipped him in the forehead," Manuel said. "It wasn't hard. But it grazed him. I remember it hitting him."
Why all the ejections lately?
"I don't like getting thrown out of the game," the manager said. "Let me clear that up. Nothing good comes out of it. Actually, it's my job and I'm here to do it. That's not good. And when you get suspended, that doesn't set a good example. I had no intention of bumping him. I was definitely under self control, I knew what was going on and I definitely didn't have any intention of hitting him with my hat bill."
Bench coach Pete Mackanin managed the Phillies on Thursday.