Cleveland Indians Removing Chief Wahoo Logo From Uniforms

At long last, the Cleveland Indians will be removing the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019.

After lengthy discussions between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Indians are shelving the big-toothed, smiling, red-faced caricature, which has been used in used in various expressions by the team since 1947.


“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” Manfred said in a statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team.

“Nonetheless, the club 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 acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”

01.30.2018Tagged with:    

How to Homer

Could a 45-year-old writer with no baseball experience beyond seventh grade, armed with only desire and an obsessive work ethic, go deep in a major league park? It would take a helluva lot of swings to find out.

I love this. Michael McKnight endeavors to find out just how hard it is for an average person to hit a home run in a professional ballpark. In McKnight’s words:

It’s for those among us who yell at our TV screens—You can’t take that pitch! You gotta crush that!—forgetting how impossible it is to swing a round bat and strike a round ball snaking by at 90 mph.

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Eri Yoshida secures a place among baseball’s greats

Eri Yoshida is still waiting to start her second game in the US, but has already earned her place in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It’s unlikely she’ll consider retiring any time soon, but the 18-year-old Japanese pitcher has already secured a place in the Cooperstown, N.Y., museum that documents baseball’s history. The bat and specially cut-down jersey that 5’1″ Ms. Yoshida used when she became the first woman to play professional baseball in two countries — in her May 29 debut for the Golden Baseball League’s Chico Outlaws — will go on display in the museum.

Yoshida, a knuckleballer dubbed the “Knuckle Princess,” is the first woman to appear in an American professional baseball game since Ila Borders in 2000.

Phillies Hope To End 364-Day World Series Drought

A lot has happened since Philadelphia last won the Series.

“The bottom line is we’re a pretty inexperienced team, and for many of these young players, this will be the first time they’ve been to the World Series in a year.” Manuel said. “A lot has changed in that time. If you would have told me last October that this country would elect a black president before the Philadelphia Phillies made it back to the World Series, I would have laughed in your face.”

(via df)

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