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Cleveland Indians To Remove Chief Wahoo

Feb 1, 2018
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The Cleveland Indians have announced they will be removing Chief Wahoo, their controversial logo, from their uniforms beginning in 2019. The logo has been the target of scrutiny for decades, primarily from Native Americans who believe it to be racist.  Others believe the logo isn't offensive at all.

We take a look at why the change is happening, and we'll hear from critics and supporters of the removal.

There are still some unanswered questions about the Cleveland Indians’ controversial Chief Wahoo mascot. The Indians will stop using the logo on uniforms in 2019, the year the team hosts the All-Star game. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto was the only local reporter to get an interview with Indians’ owner Paul Dolan. 

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The Cleveland Indians’ decision to remove Chief Wahoo from their uniforms starting in 2019 is drawing a range of commentary from fans, advocates and even public officials. 

Philip Yenyo couldn’t believe the news he heard Monday afternoon that the Cleveland Indians were removing the Chief Wahoo logo from its uniforms and hats.

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.

The divisive logo, which has been publicly protested as a racist and offensive image for decades, will remain on official merchandise available for purchase by fans.

"The team must maintain a retail presence so that MLB and the Indians can keep ownership of the trademark," The Associated Press reports.

Baseball writers honored Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Cleveland Indians infielder Jim Thome in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility Wednesday night, and also added San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and outfielder Vladimir Guerrero of the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels.

Not approved, again: ace pitcher Roger Clemens and home run kings Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa, who have been strongly tied to performance-enhancing drugs.

This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced Wednesday night, and two former Indians’ players are on the ballot for the first time. Slugger Jim Thome and shortstop Omar Vizquel played for Cleveland during the ‘90s.

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Sports fans of Northeast Ohio know they should lower their expectations in an act of self-preservation. 2017 has been a very up and down year for Cleveland’s big three professional sports teams.

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The Cleveland Indians have announced they are adding more backstop netting to protect fans sitting behind the two dugouts at Progressive Field. 

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