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April 12, 2012|By Chris Sosa | RedEye

During his playing career, Robin Ventura was known for his slick glove at third base and his knack for grand slams. Oh, and for that time he got his face flattened when he charged the mound on the legendary Nolan Ryan, who was 20 years older than Ventura at the time.

So, now that Ventura's returned to the Sox clubhouse as the manager, are his players letting him have it?

"I haven't heard anything of it, honestly," said pitcher Chris Sale, who added he has seen video of the 1993 incident. "I think everybody's seen that. They used to play it down in Texas every time we played. … You might get a laugh out of it now or what not, but we're really not too worried about what kind of fighter our coach is. [Laughs.]"

Ventura isn't known for being as combative as, say, Ozzie Guillen. But other Chicago ballplayers have been known to mix it up occasionally.

Kyle Farnsworth vs. Paul Wilson

June 18, 2003

Brian Urlacher would have been proud of the tackle that Farnsworth, a Cubs reliever, put on Reds pitcher Wilson. It was way more accurate than Farnsworth's fastball, anyway.

A.J. Pierzynski vs. Michael Barrett

May 20, 2006

Of all the ways Pierzynski agitates opposing players, you might not think emphatically slapping the plate would set someone off. Apparently Barrett, the Cubs catcher, felt otherwise, as he slugged the Sox catcher in the jaw.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Michael Barrett

June 1, 2007

The good news for the Cubs when these teammates traded punches? Most of the fight happened in the clubhouse and away from the cameras. The bad news? Barrett wound up in the hospital.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Gatorade cooler

May 27, 2009

Sure, this confrontation was severely one-sided, especially considering Zambrano used a bat to vent his frustrations. But the cooler got the last laugh: Zambrano was the one eventually shipped out of town.

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