Chicago Cubs family patriarch Joe Ricketts apologizes for racist emails

The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories.

Some of the emails Splinter News published Monday featured Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as “Islam is a cult and not a religion.” Others included conspiracies about former President Barack Obama’s birthplace and education.

Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, apologized for the emails.

“Sometimes I received emails that I should have condemned. Other times I’ve said things that don’t reflect my value system,” said Ricketts, 77. “I strongly believe that bigoted ideas are wrong.”

Joe Ricketts and two of his sons, Pete Ricketts and Todd Ricketts, have long been influential figures in conservative politics. Pete Ricketts, who is the Republican governor of Nebraska, can be seen cautioning his father in some of the emails.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts issued a separate statement saying his father’s emails don’t reflect the values of the Cubs.

“We are aware of the racially insensitive emails in my father’s account that were published by an online media outlet,” he said. “Let me be clear: the language and views expressed in those emails have no place in our society.”

Correa, Pham win in arbitration: Houston shortstop Carlos Correa and Tampa Bay outfielder Tommy Pham have won their salary-arbitration cases.

The decisions Tuesday gave players a 3-1 lead over teams in cases this winter.

Correa was awarded a $5 million salary, rather than the $4.25 million offered by the Astros. He made $1 million last year, when he hit .239 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs while slowed by a back problem. He batted .315 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in 2017, helping the Astros win their first World Series title.

Pham will get $4.1 million instead of the $3.5 million offered by the Rays. He hit .275 with 21 homers and 63 RBIs last year for St. Louis and Tampa Bay, which acquired him July 31.

Fan death: A grandmother celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary at a game at Dodger Stadium in August died four days after being hit in the head by a foul ball.

Linda Goldbloom’s death Aug. 29 was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. She was in the stands Aug. 25 when a ball hit by a San Diego player sailed over protected netting and struck Goldbloom.

ESPN initially reported Goldbloom’s death. The Dodgers did not publicly announce her death or what caused it until contacted by the network.

The Dodgers said in a statement they were “deeply saddened” by Goldbloom’s death and the “matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family.”

Briefly: Outfielder Curtis Granderson agreed to a minor league contract with Miami and will report to big-league spring training. … Philadelphia signed catcher Drew Butera to a minor-league contract.

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