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Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching 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.

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Leaders
AVG: B. Zobrist.305
HR: J. Báez34
RBI: J. Báez111
SB: J. Báez21
W: J. Lester18
ERA: J. Lester3.32
Saves: B. Morrow22
K: K. Hendricks161
NL Central
TeamWLPctGB
Chi Cubs 00.000-
Cincinnati 00.000-
Milwaukee 00.000-
Pittsburgh 00.000-
St. Louis 00.000-
Full Standings
General Batting (Rank)
AVG: .258 (4)
Runs: 761 (9)
Hits: 1453 (2)
Home Runs: 167 (22)
Stolen Bases: 66 (24)
OBP: .333 (4)
SLG: .410 (13)
Total Bases: 2308 (12)
General Pitching (Rank)
Earned Run Average: 3.65 (3)
Runs Allowed: 645 (4)
Saves: 46 (9)
Strikeouts: 1333 (19)
OpBA: .240 (10)
OBP: .323 (20)
SLG: .376 (3)
Run Support: 4.64 (12)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
2/13 X. Cedeño Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/13 K. Graveman Placed on 60-Day DL (Recovery from right elbow surgery)
2/11 B. Brach Signed as Free Agent ( 2019; Opt 2020)(one-year contract)
2/6 C. Ramírez Signed to a Minor League Contract
2/1 T. Barnette Signed as Free Agent ( 2019; Opt 2020)(one-year contract)
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Injuries
Date Player Status
2/13 K. Graveman Recovery from right elbow surgery (on 60-day DL)
9/25 K. Bryant Left wrist contusion (day-to-day)
9/23 K. Bryant Left shoulder (day-to-day)
9/14 P. Strop Strained left hamstring (day-to-day)
9/7 B. Zobrist Stiff neck (day-to-day)
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