— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2018
Manfred first became open about possibly changing the Indians’ logo in 2016, during Cleveland’s World Series run. To quote from Cleveland.com:
“Obviously, when a team’s in the World Series, there’s a spotlight on that team. Everything about that team attracts more attention and I think that’s probably the case with respect to the logo issue.
“I know that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why.”
The depiction of Chief Wahoo on the Indians’ attire is considered to be highly offensive toward Native Americans. Cleveland has been using Wahoo’s image for over 70 years, starting with the team’s original logo from 1946-1950:
The Indians will continue to sell team merchandise featuring Chief Wahoo during the 2018 season, ensuring them and MLB will maintain ownership of the trademark.