Chief Wahoo will ride off into the sunset. Or something like that. This is the last year you’ll see one of the best logos in all of baseball – in all of sports we would argue – on the field or offered on MLB.com. If you want gear with the Indians iconic logo on it, you better get it now. The Indians made the announcement today.
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the Club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, 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. Nonetheless, the club 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 acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”
“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” said Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan. “While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”
Blah blah blah. More Rob Manfred being politically correct and saying the right things and pandering to what he wants to pander to. If only he had been this set on protecting the uniforms and not putting an ad on the front of the damn jerseys.