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Cleveland Indians removing Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms

30 January, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Cleveland Indians to discontinue the use of Chief Wahoo logo

The Cleveland Indians are ditching their controversial Chief Wahoo logo in 2019.

Dolan said that though some fans may still prefer Chief Wahoo to the team's newer block "C" logo, it will nevertheless no longer have a place on the diamond.

After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are taking the extraordinary step of shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.

Manfred said in a statement that the Indians top brass "ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball".

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During the World Series last October, Manfred took a crucial stand against racist taunts even though his ruling could have been construed as hypocritical as long as Major League Baseball let the Indians use the Chief Wahoo logo.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been publicly pressuring the team to remove the logo, the topic of debate coming into the spotlight in 2017 when the team was named as the host site of the 2019 All-Star Game.

"Look, I see a difference between behavior from one player directed specifically at a player and a logo", Manfred said after suspending Gurriel last October. The logo has been an incredibly divisive topic in Cleveland in recent years, with many clinging to it out of nostalgia and local campaigns calling for the team to keep the logo despite protests.

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The Cleveland Indians will abandon the use of the Chief Wahoo logo ahead of the 2019 season, Major League Baseball and the organization said in a statement released to The New York Times on Monday. Notably, the logo won't be going away entirely.

Though the Indians are finally putting an end to this logo controversy, there are still a handful of other team names and logos that have been met with criticism.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Chief Wahoo logo debuted in 1932, when the newspaper ran a comic strip called "The Little Indian", featuring a Native American, to recap the previous day's results. Chief Wahoo signs have also been removed from both in and around Progressive Field. During our constructive conversations, [Indians Chairman and CEO] 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. It will still sell souvenirs at the stadium and in retail outlets, but MLB's website will no longer carry the items.

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