Published: Tue, January 30, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Indians and Major League Baseball agree to transition away from Chief Wahoo

Indians and Major League Baseball agree to transition away from Chief Wahoo

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"If they acknowledge that 'the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, ' what's the excuse for waiting until 2019?" he tweeted.

"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball".

The Cleveland Indians are finally parting ways with their Chief Wahoo logo.

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"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", Manfred said.

When the Indians visited the Toronto Blue Jays for games 3-5 in the 2016 ALCS, indigenous activist Doug Cardinal tried petitioning to the Ontario superior court to disallow Cleveland's team name and Chief Wahoo logo from appearing in Canada.

Manfred began talks with Cleveland ownership to drop the mascot last April, indicating in October that it was on his offseason agenda.

Debuting in 1948, the logo has remained in circulation even as the team has made it less prominent in favor of the new block "C" logo that now adorns their main caps.

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"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", he said in a statement issued by Major League Baseball that was obtained by The Times.

Fans of the image and the team's name cite tradition when defending the logo and name.

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. Hardcore fans will still be able to purchase Wahoo-related merchandise throughout OH, including the souvenir shop at Progressive Field, though related merch will be removed from the official M.L.B. website.

The polarizing mascot is coming off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting in the 2019 season, a move that will end Chief Wahoo's presence on the field but may not completely silence those who deem it racist. You'll see it in the stands and around the city every Indians game. The change was announced Monday by Major League Baseball. There aren't many things in MLB more ridiculous than a primarily white crowd of Atlanta baseball fans doing the tomahawk chop while doing a stereotypical "war chant" straight from an old Western movie.

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The Indians and the NFL's Washington Redskins were two of the long-time holdouts in the shift away from Native American mascots and logos by many teams and universities.

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