Next year’s Cleveland Indians’ uniforms are going to look a little different next year. The Chief Wahoo logo is being removed, a decision that has been hotly debated. After many long discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are shelving the red-faced caricature, which has been used with various expressions by the team since 1947. The American League will continue to wear the Wahoo logo on its uniform sleeves and caps in 2018 though, and the club will still set merchandise featuring the mascot in Northeast Ohio. The MLB and the Indians need to maintain a retail presence in order to keep ownership of the trademark. The club has been transitioning away from the logo in recent year, introducing a block “C” insignia on some of their caps. They also removed the Wahoo logo in and around Progressive Field, the team’s ballpark. The debate over the logo has been happening for decades, but it gained national attention when the Indians made the World Series in 2016 and Manfred expressed his desire to have the team get rid of the symbol. Groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested outside the stadium before the home opener for years in the hopes that the team will get rid of the logo and also change their name, which they feel is an offensive depiction of their race.
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