CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Will Chief Wahoo live to see the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland?
Much has been made of the Indians’ historic and controversial logo over the past several years, and the Chief certainly remains a polarizing topic for debate among those who see the cartoonish logo as racially insensitive.
One of the several things MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred discussed while in town to announce the Midsummer Classic’s return to Cleveland was the issue of Chief Wahoo. What is to come of the club’s long-time logo which has been phased out by the club over the past few seasons?
The Wahoo conversation is one that continues between Manfred and Indians ownership.
“I’m not going to speculate about what I want the end of the process to be,” Manfred said Friday. “I think that (Indians owner Paul Dolan) has been fantastic about engaging, including a conversation this morning with Paul and (minority investor) John Sherman. I want those conversations to continue and I think we’ll produce a result that will be good for the Indians and good for baseball. What exactly that is, I don’t want to speculate right now.”
Some had speculated that the All-Star Game’s return to Cleveland for a MLB record sixth time would be tied to the retirement of the Chief Wahoo logo, but as of now, the Chief remains on the club’s home caps and jersey sleeves despite recently being replaced over the past several years by the Block C as the primary logo of the organization.
If and how long the logo remains a part of the Indians’ uniform is a question that will only be answered by time.
“The conversations are ongoing,” Manfred added. “And I’m not going to say anymore about the timing.”
While the Indians organization has tried to remain respectful to the history associated with the logo, Wahoo’s disappearance from the ballpark has been noticeable. The Chief will make even less of an appearance at home in 2017, as the club has gone away from the cream-colored jerseys but has kept their red alternate hats, which prominently displays a blue Block C above the bill.
Cleveland will wear the second home cap with their blue home uniforms, a combination that once featured their blue and red Chief Wahoo hats.