Win or lose, Indians mascot may be done
WHETHER or not the Cleveland Indians capture their first World Series title since 1948 against the Chicago Cubs (game this morning at 6:38am), the days of their grinning redfaced “Chief Wahoo” logo might be numbered.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says he plans to meet with Indians owner Paul Dolan MLB commissioner after the best-of-seven championship concludes, which will be no later than tomorrow as Cleveland took a 3-2 edge into game six.
“I have talked to Mr Dolan about this issue. We have agreed away from the World Series, at an appropriate time, we will have a conversation about this. I want to understand fully what his view is and we will go from there.”
Manfred acknowledged the racism outcry over the Chief Wahoo logo from Native Americans, some of whom have protested outside the team’s ballpark before World Series games.
“I know that particular logo is offensive to some people and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” Manfred said.
“Logos are, however, primarily a local matter. The local club makes decisions about its logos. Fans get attached to logos. They become part of a team’s history. So it’s not easy as coming to the conclusion and realising that the logo is offensive to some segment.”