Joe Maddon None Too Pleased Cubs, Braves Played Through Saturday's Brutal Conditions

"The game is meant to be played in decent conditions," Maddon says.

Bruce Levine
April 15, 2018 - 12:21 pm
The grounds crew at Wrigley Field cleans the tarp off.

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By Bruce Levine--

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- The brutality of the weather conditions in the Cubs' come-from-behind 14-10 win against the Braves at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon was still reverberating in the teams' clubhouse a day later.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon and coaches and players from both sides were none too pleased to have played through temperatures in the 30s with forceful rain. On Sunday, with a similar forecast awaiting, a joint decision was made by MLB and the Cubs to postpone the series finale until May 14.

But the decision Saturday to play wasn't so much a joint one. With the Braves visiting Wrigley Field just once this season, MLB wanted to do all it could to get the games in.

"Do not blame the Cubs or the Braves in this situation," Maddon said. "This comes from a different location (MLB), from where boots are not on the ground. I don't even know how much input the umpires had. This is a great crew. These are the kind of questions you can ask other people. I don't have the answers to it."

Maddon wasn't consulted about the postponement Sunday, he said. He was still incensed about the decision to play Saturday, pointing out the danger the players faced in frigid and wet conditions and the difficult pitchers had in getting a feel on the ball.

"The game itself is meant to be played in somewhat decent conditions," Maddon said. "The reasons are for grip, for footing. Come on, guys were wearing masks the whole game. When you see pitchers miss by that much and Javy (Baez's errant) throw to first base, this a  perfect example. All of those things are indicators to me (that the game shouldn't have been played). It's not rocket science. This is pretty common knowledge."

The win aside, Maddon was pleased with how his players handled a tough Saturday.

"Nobody on our side complained," Maddon said. "We were getting out butts kicked, but they played on. Give Atlanta credit as well because they really played a good game of baseball. They were just victimized by the circumstances also."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.