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Frank Wren Forces Chicago Cubs Off Field During Atlanta Braves Batting Practice

April 5th, 2013 at 11:47 PM
By Cody Fields

In a maneuver that really shouldn't have needed to happen, Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren had to request of Chicago Cubs manager Dave Sveum that his team leave the field during the Braves' batting practice before Friday night's game at Turner Field, reports.

The Braves wanted to do outfield drills in left field during BP, but several Cubs players were playing catch and in the way. Wren attempted to wave them off the field, then proceeded to yell at them before reportedly barging into the clubhouse.

"Some people need to read the rules," Wren yelled.

Wren may have laid down the law, but some Cubs players were annoyed. When Wren yelled at them to move so his players could shag fly balls, one responded with, "That's what Spring Training is for."

Cubs manager Dave Sveum downplayed the situation while understanding Wren's reasoning.

"He came in and asked me a favor if I could keep the guys off the field so they could do some defensive work," Sveum said. "Realistically, two teams can't be on the field at the same time."

Even though the Cubs eventually yielded the field to the Braves, it seems it took some negotiations to make it happen.

"Eventually all the Cubs came off the field and the Braves were able to get their work in but not before Cubs strength coach Tim Buss and bullpen coach Lester Strode had separate discussions with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and Wren," reports.

Sveum blames a miscommunication on batting practice times for the situation.


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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Frank Wren, MLB

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