Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team to drop “Indians” from team name

by Peter Heck · Dec 14th, 2020 9:19 am

Last Updated Dec 15th, 2020 at 5:02 pm

Major League Baseball franchise the Cleveland Indians will reportedly change its team name as early as the 2022 season.

Cleveland's professional baseball team has been known as the Indians since 1915, but in the midst of the summer race protests following the death of George Floyd, the franchise said it would consider changing its name. The announcement coincided with the same time the National Football League Washington Redskins team was declaring its own plans to reevaluate its nickname.

The Redskins eventually dropped their name and did not adopt a new one. They are currently known as the "Washington Football Team." The Indians are expected to formally announce this week that they will keep their current mascot and uniforms through the 2021 season as they select a new one to begin the 2022 campaign.

Though the team has kept its name, the Indians dropped its Chief Wahoo logo in 2019.


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