Cleveland Indians Will Remove Chief Wahoo Logo From Game Uniforms In 2019

End is near for racist baseball mascot

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that the Cleveland Indians will remove the "Chief Wahoo" logo from their uniforms, effective with the 2019 season.

Manfred acknowledged the logo's deeply problematic nature in April 2017, when the league awarded the 2019 All-Star Game to the Cleveland baseball team, and in related meetings pressured the team to "transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo", MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said.

"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", MLB's commissioner, Rob Manfred, said in a statement.

Despite the forthcoming removal of Chief Wahoo, there has been no discussion over a name-change for the Cleveland Indians. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team. The Cleveland Indians will remove the controversial logo of a caricatured Indian brave's face as of the 2019 season, reports the AP.

And then, there are those who believe Chief Wahoo was not a racist depiction of Native Americans and should remain one of the team's official logos.




Manfred began talks with Cleveland ownership to drop the mascot last April, indicating in October that it was on his offseason agenda. Beginning in 2014, the Indians started to utilize different logos on their jerseys, most notably a Block C, while making Chief Wahoo less prominent.

"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", said Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan.

Chief Wahoo's days are numbered.

In truth, he's been dying for a long time as the Indians have walked a fine line between angering its mascot-embracing fans and slowly transitioning away from its use. However, longtime fans of the team have resisted talk of changing the logo due to their attachment to it and the organization. David Waldstein of the New York Times also reported that the logo will not appear on signs or banners at their ballpark, Progressive Field. You'll see it in the stands and around the city every Indians game. But fans will still be able to buy it at souvenir shops in the stadium and at select retailers. The NFL's Washington Redskins and NHL's Chicago Blackhawks have come under fire for their logos, though neither franchise has shown a willingness to change them. That will enable fans of the logo to continue to wear it on Indians apparel.

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