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Cleveland Indians Will Remove 'Chief Wahoo' From Uniforms In 2019

30 Января 2018

The long-simmering issue escalated in the fall of 2016 during the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland team, when an indigenous Canadian filed suit, seeking to prevent the logo from being used during games in Ontario.

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.

For instance, Chief Wahoo is not displayed during the team's spring training camp in Arizona, out of respect for the area's Native American population. However, the logo has become a point of controversy in recent years.

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.

The Cleveland Indians will be removing "Chief Wahoo", the bright red caricature of a Native American the team uses as a logo, from players' caps and uniforms starting in 2019.

In discussions spanning the past year, Major League Baseball had urged the team to remove the logo despite the wishes of numerous team's fans who want to keep it, the statement said.

At the start of the 2017 season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred publicly commented on the team logo for the first time, stating his desire for the team to move away from the insignia.

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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.

"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. However, longtime fans of the team have resisted talk of changing the logo due to their attachment to it and the organization.

But on Monday, Major League Baseball announced that the 2018 season would be Chief Wahoo's last.

Speaking to Cleveland.com, owner Paul Dolan said of the logo, "You can't help but be aware of how many of our fans are connected to Chief Wahoo".

However, the team will continue to sell merchandise adorned with Chief Wahoo in northeast OH, a decision the AP says was made to keep trademark rules in place.

The source added that the selective sale of Chief Wahoo gear is being made in order to keep other parties from profiting from the logo.

The NFL's Washington Redskins have come under similar fire to change their logo and nickname but so far have resisted.

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Cleveland Indians Will Remove 'Chief Wahoo' From Uniforms In 2019