Win or lose, In­di­ans mas­cot may be done

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

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.”

Rob Man­fred

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