Cleveland Indians

After going 2-4 on the road to start the season, the Cleveland Indians are getting ready for the team’s home-opener Friday. The team's grounds keeping crew has been fighting against cold weather to make sure the playing field itself is ready for the big day.

The Indians did something unusual this year – they sold out this Friday’s home opener even before single game tickets went on sale. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says opening day in baseball always seems to arrive with much more fanfare than any other pro sport.

Pluto says there would have to be an extraordinary event for a Cavs or Browns home opening game to draw such an interest.

"Maybe the day that LeBron James came back, or perhaps when the Browns came back in '99."

The Cleveland Indians are a two-owner franchise. Even casual fans know the majority owner is Paul Dolan, but what about the minority owner John Sherman? WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks it’s no coincidence that the Indians really started winning after Sherman bought a minority stake in the team in 2016.

Cavs star Kevin Love revealed Tuesday that he’s been struggling with mental health issues. Love wrote in an essay published in the Players’ Tribune that he left a game in November after suffering a panic attack.  He detailed how it left him confused and ashamed, and said that he’s started seeing a therapist.

Winning has no price tag for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. The team’s recent roster overhaul boosted the team’s payroll to nearly $190 million this season, the second-highest in NBA history. And that payroll could soar to $300 million should LeBron James return to the Cavs next season. Nearly half of that would be spent on a luxury tax for exceeding the NBA’s salary cap.

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.

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