Commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Indians about Chief Wahoo logo
Commissioner Rob Manfred on Friday met with members of Cleveland Indians ownership to discuss the team’s Chief Wahoo logo.
The meeting occurred shortly before Manfred officially announced the Indians will host the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field.
As to the nature of the meeting with Indians owner Paul Dolan and minority owner John Sherman, Manfred wasn’t about to make any definitive or declarative statements about the future of the controversial logo.
“I’m not going to speculate on what I want the end of the process to be,” Manfred said of the Chief Wahoo logo, per Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes. “Paul has been fantastic about engaging. We’ve had a number of conversations.
“I want those conversations to continue and I think we’ll produce a result that will be good for the Indians and good for baseball. But what exactly that is I don’t want to speculate.”
Recent developments have led to speculation that the Indians are in the gradual process of phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo, which has been widely denounced as a racist and demeaning caricature of a Native American for decades.
Before the 2016 MLB season, the Indians announced that the “Block C” logo would be the team’s “primary mark” and it was the organization’s intention to rely on it “more heavily than we are the Chief Wahoo logo.”
And then in December of last year, additional steps seemingly were taken to further phase out Chief Wahoo, although after some confusion it was later announced the logo would remain in some capacity on Indians home and away ball caps in 2017. Chief Wahoo will continue to appear on the left shoulder of all Indians’ jerseys for 2017 as well.
That said, the meeting between Manfred and Indians ownership about the controversial logo indicates there may be plans to further reduce Chief Wahoo’s presence beyond this season. Manfred insisted, though, that no deadline has been set.
“The conversations are ongoing,” he said. “I’m not going to say more about the timing.”