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MLB’s Cleveland Indians say they’re open to possible name change


Cleveland’s MLB group hasn’t all the time been known as the Indians — and the group indicated Friday it’d quickly be keen to change its name once more.

The Indians – beforehand referred to as the Forest Citys, Spiders, Bluebirds, Bronchos and Naps earlier than adopting their present name in 1915 – stated they’ve been paying consideration to altering occasions and should change together with them.

“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues,” the Indians stated. “The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.”


The assertion happened two years after the Indians eliminated their cartoonish “Chief Wahoo” emblem from their uniforms – and because the Black Lives Matter motion has just lately helped put stress on the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name.

The Cleveland Indians' "C" logo -- which replaced the cartoonish "Chief Wahoo" two years ago -- is seen on gates at Progressive Field in Cleveland, March 26, 2020. (Associated Press)<br> ​​​​​​

Redskins proprietor Dan Snyder has lengthy resisted calls to change the name the soccer group has used for the reason that 1930s, however latest criticism from company sponsors comparable to FedEx – which paid the Redskins $205 million for naming rights to FedEx Discipline in Landover, Md. — had Snyder promising this week to conduct a “thorough review” on the matter.

The Redskins additionally face the chance that Washington, D.C., officers will demand a name change if the group makes an attempt to get a brand new stadium inside the metropolis limits, after enjoying within the suburbs since 1997.

The Indians, in the meantime, stated they’re dedicated to “engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”


Beforehand, Indians proprietor Paul Dolan stated he and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred most popular to maintain the Indians name, Cleveland.com reported.

“Whereas the main target of the baseball world shifts to the thrill of an unprecedented 2020 season, we acknowledge our distinctive place locally and are dedicated to listening, studying, and appearing within the method that may greatest unite and encourage our metropolis and all those that assist our group,” the membership stated.

The Related Press contributed to this story


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