Indians first baseman Carlos Santana hit a home run in the 10th inning to help Cleveland to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, but it was what he wore in his jersey that became the focal point of Tuesday night’s victory.
Santana was seen wearing an undershirt with the “Chief Wahoo” logo, a symbol previously banned in 2018 after the organization and MLB said it was “no longer appropriate” during the game.
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“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time.
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He continued, “Nonetheless, the club eventually agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for use on the field in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate the recognition of Mr. Dolan who removed it. of the field uniform at the start of the 2019 season is the right course. ”
It’s unclear if Santana’s look on Tuesday night was an honest mistake, but he ended up wearing the undershirt alone in a post-game presser.
The Indians have abandoned the symbol due to increasing pressure from the Native American community, but they are now looking to change their name as well.
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The conversation about racial and social injustices in the sports community resumed this year following the death of George Floyd. Teams like the Washington Redskins, who for years have been criticized for their name and logo, have officially changed their name to the Washington Football team, giving the franchise a whole new look.