Cleveland wears blue road jerseys in home opener to honor minorities


CLEVELAND – For their delayed home opener, the Indians opted to wear their blue road jerseys with “Cleveland” on the front as a unified statement of solidarity for minorities as the team considers a name change.Owner Paul Dolan recently announced that the franchise is considering changing its name to Indians, which has been the club’s nickname since 1915. Typically, the team wears white jerseys with “Indians” across the chest at home.

All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor said the players decided to switch after meeting with Dolan earlier this week to discuss the potential name change as well as race relations and social justice.

Lindor, the face of the franchise which is under contract until 2021 only, stressed that the move was not politically motivated. He said it was supposed to be recognition for all minorities.

“We know change is due and it’s time,” Lindor said before the Indians greet the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. “But I believe positive change can happen. Shedding light on these minorities and the people in need is extremely important.


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