Cleveland Indians of MLB say they are open to a possible name change

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The Cleveland MLB team hasn’t always been called Indians – and the team said on Friday that it may soon be ready to change its name again.

The Indians – formerly known as Forest Citys, Spider, Bluebirds, Bronchos and Naps before adopting their current name in 1915 – declared that they were careful of changing times and could change with them.

“We have had organizational discussions underway on these issues,” said the Indians. “The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to continue to improve as an organization on social justice issues.”

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The statement came about two years after the Indians removed their cartoon “Chief Wahoo” logo from their uniforms – and as the Black Lives Matter movement recently helped put pressure on the NFL Washington Redskins to change their names. last name.

The Cleveland Indian “C” logo – which replaced the caricatural “Chief Wahoo” two years ago – is visible on the doors of Progressive Field in Cleveland, March 26, 2020. (Associated Press)
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Redskins owner Dan Snyder has long resisted calls to change the name the football team has used since the 1930s, but recent criticism from corporate sponsors such as FedEx – who paid the Redskins $ 205 million for the right to name FedEx Field in Landover, Md. – Snyder had promised this week to do a “thorough review” of the matter.

The Redskins also face the likelihood that officials in Washington, DC, will ask for a name change if the team tries to get a new stadium within the city limits, after playing in the suburbs since 1997.

The Indians, on the other hand, are committed to “engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best course of action regarding the name of our team”.

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Previously, Indian owner Paul Dolan said he and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred preferred to keep the Indian names, Cleveland.com reported.

“As the baseball world focuses on the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning and acting in the way that can best unite and inspire our city and everyone who supports our team, “said the club.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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