The Indians are getting rid of the ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo

The Cleveland Indians will be making a change to their uniforms in 2019. The controversial “Chief Wahoo” logo will be gone.

The New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball has confirmed that Cleveland is getting rid of the logo beginning in 2019. The logo is “no longer appropriate for use on the field.”

The logo, which has long been called offensive and racist, is also loved by an aspect of the fan base. It’s been a major debate point for the Ohio franchise.

“Chief Wahoo” first appeared on Indians’ uniforms in 1948. Over the years, several activist groups have attempted to get the logo removed.

Lately, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has pressured the Cleveland franchise to terminate the logo. He’s been successful.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: A fan waits in line for concessions at Progressive Field on July 26 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 5: Cleveland Indians fans hold up Chief Wahoo signs prior to the game against the Boston Red Sox the opening day game at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: A fan holds up two Chief Wahoo heads during Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by LG Patterson/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY, 26: Tray Gabriel, 25 of Youngstown, cheers for the Indians dressed as a Native American during the July 26th game against the Nationals at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dustin Franz for the Washington Post)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 17: A Cleveland Indians hat with Chief Wahoo against the Minnesota Twins on April 17, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 3-1. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Sep 12, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians fans celebrate the team's 20th consecutive win after defeating the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: A Cleveland Indians fan looks on before an MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 21, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Manfred detailed his reasoning in a statement to the New York Times. He said the Indians “ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgment that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”

The New York Times reports that the logo will no longer be seen on the uniforms, field or any banners at Progressive Field. You will, though, still be able to buy apparel with the logo on it inside the stadium and at various shops. It won’t be sold on MLB.com’s official store, though.

Cleveland Indians chairman Paul Dolan released the following statement from the MLB.

“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” Dolan said. “While we recognize 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.”

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