The Cleveland Indians decided to finally remove their famous mascot, Chief Wahoo, from team uniforms starting in 2019.
The pressure to do so has risen steadily over the years and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred finally clinched the deal. It was announced that the logo will be removed from hats and uniforms where it has appeared for the last 70 years. Manfred is said to have increased the pressure on team executive Paul Dolan to drop the allegedly offensive mascot.
Manfred said the Indians “ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgment that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”
But the timing of the removal is curious, as Ed Morrissey pointed out over at HotAir:
That doesn’t exactly sound like a consensus process. Dolan issued a statement saying that he was “ultimately in agreement,” but also protested that the Indians had been “cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion.” The tenor of the releases certainly makes it sound as though Manfred and the MLB office simply got tired of the debate and ordered Dolan to change his mind...
The Indians have resisted calls for dumping it all along, citing team tradition and fan popularity. What’s changing in 2019?
Morrissey finds it rather peculiar that 2019 just so happens to be the year that the Cleveland Indians are hosting the All-Star Game.
“Nice official event ya got there … shame if anything happened to it, eh?” he quipped.
Of course, it won’t stop with the Indian’s logo. The team name is also problematic in this ever-increasing PC-culture. Removing Chief Wahoo is the first step to the team becoming the Cleveland Native Americans or some other sanitized replacement.