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BREAKING: Indians Will Abandon Chief Wahoo Logo In 2019

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Multiple sources in the past hour have reported that the Cleveland Indians will abandon their iconic Chief Wahoo logo starting in 2019.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Indians chairman/chief executive officer Paul Dolan both issued statements on the matter:

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.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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