Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team’s players and coac

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MESA Delino DeShields Jersey , Ariz. (AP) —hing staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.“The emails that were in there were unacceptable and had no place. My father has no direct role or economic interest in the team. That doesn’t represent what this organization is,” Tom Ricketts said after addressing the team. “I also said: ‘Look, I’m sorry for the distraction this may have created the last couple days. We need to focus on baseball. We need to get back to our winning ways. We need to get off to a fast start.’ The last thing the organization needs is more off-the-field distractions.'”Joe Ricketts’ emails were published by Splinter News and included Islamophobic comments, such as “Islam is a cult and not a religion.” Other emails discussed conspiracies about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace and education.Tom Ricketts said he was surprised by the emails because “our family was never raised that way. I’ve never heard my father say anything that was even remotely racist. It just isn’t our family values.”Joe Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, apologized. Tom Ricketts said in statement that his father’s emails don’t reflect the values of the Cubs.“The fact is he acknowledged that they were inappropriate emails and expressed regret. He apologized. Those aren’t the values that my family was raised with,” Tom Ricketts said. “His statements, both of them, are good, and fair. He acknowledges that those kind of statements cause pain. But I love him. He’s my dad. He’s a great man. He’s done incredible things. He’s helped children all over the world through his charities.”Tom Ricketts insisted he can’t do anything about the emails now but can use this situation as an opportunity for positive action.The Cubs and the Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Tom Ricketts had met with leaders of several Muslim groups in what the team said was a step to take “genuine Joey Gallo Jersey , meaningful and visible steps toward combating Islamophobia, bigotry and racism.”“We’ll follow through on all that stuff. The fact is it’s just kind of fresh. We want to make sure we do it right. We’ll make sure that our actions back up our words,” Tom Ricketts said.Ricketts termed the decision to leak the emails unfortunate.“I’m not sure what anyone gains from this,” he said.In his annual state-of-the Cubs spring address, Ricketts said shortstop Addison Russell “did well” when he publicly discussed behavior that prompted a 40-game suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy. Russell missed the final 11 regular-season games plus a wild-card playoff loss to ColoradoWhile Russell generally addressed allegations made by ex-wife Melisa Reidy, he did not detail actions that led to the discipline.“From the very beginning we reached out to Melisa and tried to think, ‘What is the best possible answer for all the individuals involved?'” Ricketts said. “We’re all just hoping this was an experience he’ll learn from and never be in the same situation again.” A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training and how they might help their teams this season (through Wednesday):BYRON BUXTON, MINNESOTA TWINS, OFThe 25-year-old started spring training with five straight hits, including two homers. The speedy outfielder hit .253 with 16 homers and 29 stolen bases in 2017 http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , but batted .156 last year while dealing with migraines, a broken toe plus hand and wrist issues.JULIO URIAS, LOS ANGELES DODGERS, LHPThe hard-throwing left hander had a good start to spring training, pitching a scoreless inning against Oakland. Still just 22 years old, he has a chance to break camp in the starting rotation, especially with ace Clayton Kershaw’s uncertain health. Urias made his MLB debut in 2016 at 19, but his quick rise was stalled by surgery on June 27, 2017, to repair the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. He returned to the Dodgers last Sept. 15 and made three appearances.YOAN MONCADA Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , CHICAGO WHITE SOX, 2BThe 23-year-old former top prospect had five hits in his first eight at-bats. Moncada flashed an intriguing mix of power and speed last season with 32 doubles, 17 homers and 12 stolen bases, but those numbers were tempered by 217 strikeouts.LEWIS BRINSON, MIAMI MARLINS, OFThe 24-year-old hit three homers in his first four games, providing evidence of why the Marlins still believe he can be the team’s center fielder of the future. The former 2012 first-round pick had a disappointing rookie season in 2018, batting just .199 with 11 homers while striking out 120 times in 382 at bats.KYLE WRIGHT, ATLANTA BRAVES, RHPAtlanta is coming off its first division title since 2013 http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , led by young prospects. The 23-year-old Wright, a rotation contender, pitched two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Wednesday. The fifth overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft made his big league debut last September. He gave up three runs in six innings during three appearances, including home runs to the New York Mets‘ Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith in a seven-pitch span.TROY TULOWITZKI, NEW YORK YANKEES, SSTulowitzki was a five-time All-Star but has not played in the major leagues since July 2017, missing last season because of surgery on April 2 for bone spurs in his right and left heels. He was released by the Blue Jays, signed with the Yankees and homered in his first at-bat in pinstripes, against his former team. New York hopes the 34-year-old can be its regular shortstop until Didi Gregorius returns from Tommy John surgery this summer.MIGUEL CABRERA, DETROIT TIGERS Ryan Rua Jersey , 1B/DHAnother star coming back from an injury, the 35-year-old Cabrera had three hits, including a double, in his first six at-bats. Cabrera was limited to 38 games last season after rupturing a tendon in his left biceps in June. He is expected to be one of the few veterans on a rebuilding team.

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