The controversial 'Chief Wahoo' logo will no longer appear on the Cleveland Indians' uniforms from the start of the 2019 season.
According to Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred, the mascot is "no longer appropriate" to be used in the sport.
"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game," Manfred said in a release.
"Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organisation about the club's use of the 'Chief Wahoo' logo. During our constructive conversations, [Indians part-owner] Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.
"Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball."
The logo first appeared on Cleveland's uniforms in 1948, but has been deemed outdated and racist by many in recent years. There has been a huge push for it to be removed, while others asserted it is part of the Indians' baseball history.
As a result, Manfred has been outspoken in trying to get Dolan to eliminate the logo.
"We have consistently maintained that we are cognisant and sensitive to both sides of the situation," Dolan said.
"While we understand that many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to 'Chief Wahoo', I'm ultimately in agreement with commissioner Manfred's desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019."
Cleveland will host the MLB All-Star Game in 2019.
20 de junio 2018
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