Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will reportedly drop “Indians” from its name as early as this week.
“For the past 105 years, the team was called the Indians. That will be no more as Cleveland has decided to change its name,” New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt tweeted. (RELATED: ‘Time To Move Forward’: Cleveland Indians Manager Reveals If He Supports Changing The Team’s Name)
EXCLUSIVE: For the past 105 years, the team was called the Indians. That will be no more as Cleveland has decided to change its name. Announcement from team could come as early as this week. w/@DavidWaldstein https://t.co/Nnw2nAoKcJ
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) December 14, 2020
According to Schmidt’s report, the decision was part of “a wider push for sports teams to stop using Native American names and imagery as team names and mascots.” He cited three sources who had spoken to him about the proposed change on condition of anonymity.
Although the report indicated that the official news could come as early as this week, a full transition away from the name Cleveland’s American League team has used since 1915 might not be as immediate. One source told Schmidt that the name and current logo — the previous mascot Chief Wahoo was phased out in 2019 — would likely remain through the 2021 season with the change taking effect as early as 2022.
Sources confirm the @nytmike and @DavidWaldstein report that the Cleveland Indians will be dropping their nickname. While it’s unclear what they will replace it with, the Indians — who have been called that for more than a century and nearly 17,000 games — will be no more.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 14, 2020
Cleveland follows the steps of the NFL’s former Washington Redskins, now known as the Washington Football Team.
Cleveland Baseball Team? https://t.co/b9XxO8tpD6
— WASHINGTON FOOTBALL (@HogsHaven) December 14, 2020
Assuming the, “Cleveland Lindors” is out….. https://t.co/Do0upu5s5r
— Chris Rose (@ChrisRose) December 14, 2020
How about “The Cleveland Washington Football Team Baseball Team”?
— Scott Stossel (@SStossel) December 14, 2020
Hello, Cleveland Baseball Team.
— Dr. Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) December 14, 2020