Cleveland Indians to Change Their Name to Something, Or Maybe Not Have a Team Name

Finally, the American Natives will be able to get some sleep at night.

They were literally staying up all night, tossing and turning, worried about this sports name.

Just imagine how you would feel if there was a baseball team on the Indian reservation called “the Honkeys.”

It would ruin your life.

New York Times:

After years of protests from fans and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their team name, moving away from a moniker that has long been criticized as racist, three people familiar with the decision said Sunday.

The move follows a decision by the Washington Football Team of the N.F.L. in July to stop using a name long considered a racial slur, and is part of a larger national conversation about race that magnified this year amid protests of systemic racism and police violence.

Cleveland could announce its plans as soon as this week, according to the three people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

It is not immediately clear what Cleveland’s exact steps will be beyond dropping the Indians name. The transition to a new name involves many logistical considerations, including work with uniform manufacturers and companies that produce other team equipment and stadium signage.

One of the people said Cleveland planned to keep the Indians name and uniforms for the 2021 season while working to shift as early as 2022.

Cleveland spent much of the year before the 2019 season phasing out the logos and imagery of the cartoon mascot Chief Wahoo.

Kinda sad about Chief Wahoo.

But frankly, he was already replaced with Slider, a purple monster.

He’s still in prison for scalping Mr. Red.

I think Mr. Red had it coming, but “had it coming” doesn’t work in Baseball Court, unfortunately.

One option that the team is considering, two of the people said, is moving forward without a replacement name — similar to how the Washington Football Team proceeded — then coming up with a new name in consultation with the public.

The Cleveland baseball franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915, but Native American groups and others have for decades opposed the use of Indigenous names, mascots and imagery for sports teams, insisting they are demeaning and racist. Cleveland’s name and Washington’s old name were considered among the most high-profile examples and were the targets of widespread campaigns for change.

The Cleveland team did not immediately comment.

Haha – “The Cleveland team.”

They should just call themselves “The Baseball Team Formerly Known as the Indians.”

I will tell you this: as someone born and raised in Ohio, I’ve never watched a baseball game, but I’ve owned quite a few Cleveland Indians baseball caps.

And frankly, the squared “C” looks best on the hat.

I don’t wear baseball caps, as a rule, because it’s ridiculous. But when I do, I go for that dark red on dark blue. I like the red bill, though I typically go with the solid blue hat.

A couple years ago, I had one of the spring training caps, which I liked, even though it was a bit flamboyant (it was also fitted, which is always annoying – it’s virtually impossible to get the right size, and then if you do, you sweat and it shrinks).

What we need to do is make sure that we don’t end up with that other C.

That is literally the worst C ever.

I think they thought it looked like a raptor claw.