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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. 

As the Indians regroup after an early exit in the playoffs, they’ll be looking for someone to lead their elite pitching staff. Mickey Callaway has been hired as the manager of the New York Mets. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s an unlikely leap for a pitching coach with no managerial experience.

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The Indians’ season came to a heartbreaking end in game five of the American League Division Series against the Yankees. They lost 5-2, losing three games in a row after leading 2-0 in the series.

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The Indians face a must-win game at home tonight against the Yankees. The winner of game five moves on to face the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series beginning Friday.

Cleveland Indians playoff scoreboard
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Nothing could go wrong for the Cleveland Indians last night. They beat the New York Yankees 4-0 in game one of the American League Division Series.

The Indians will take on the New York Yankees in their first playoff series beginning Thursday night at Progressive Field. New York won the wildcard game last night against the Minnesota Twins.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the more interesting things to come out of yesterday was the decision by Indians manager Terry Francona to start pitcher Trevor Bauer in game one tomorrow, instead of ace Corey Kluber.

The Indians are riding a high heading into the postseason. They’ve won their second consecutive American League Central Division title, fueled by a historic 22-game winning streak.  WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s vindication for Indians owner, Paul Dolan.

"Dolans are cheap; that's all you hear," Pluto says.

After three weeks of domination, the Cleveland Indians had begun to seem almost invulnerable. The Kansas City Royals exposed some weakness Thursday night but couldn't finish the job, as the Indians got consecutive win No. 22 with runs in the ninth and 10th innings.

A double by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer got outfielder Melky Cabrera across home plate for a 2-1 lead in the sixth, but Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor's two-out double in the ninth scored pinch runner Erik Gonzalez.

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A combination of dominating hitting and pitching have sent the Cleveland Indians flying through a winning streak that breaks records with almost every game. In a sport obsessed with statistics, streaks have a special place in the hearts of sports lovers, and Cleveland fans are loving the ride.

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