While announcing the 2019 MLB All-Star game and festivities will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians; MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred took the opportunity to talk about the Indians problematic logo.
“I’m not going to speculate about what I want the end of the process to be,”
“I think that (Indians owner Paul Dolan) has been fantastic about engaging, including a conversation this morning with Paul and (minority investor) John Sherman. 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. What exactly that is, I don’t want to speculate right now.” – Rob Manfred
It may not be a whole lot, in three sentences Manfred has done more than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has done in the last couple of years in addressing the Washington Redskins name and logo.
Since 2014 the Indians have scaled back the use of the Chief Wahoo logo, but there is more work to be done. As seen in this past World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Chief Wahoo was prevalent.
You may not be able to stop fans from sporting Chief Wahoo but there’s hope that the Indians uniform and marketing staff will completely phase out the use of the logo by the 2019 mid-summer classic.
And maybe Manfred’s comments will encourage a reporter to ask Goodell about Washington’s name and logo during the State of the NFL address this week.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!