The Cleveland Indians have reportedly decided to change things up and move past the “Indians” nickname. Earlier this year, the Washington Football Team decided to move on from its “Redskins” nickname that was spoken out against for many years. The Cleveland Baseball Club has not settled on a new nickname, but they will begin moving away from the Indians nickname as early as this week.
ESPN analyst Jeff Passan took to Twitter to confirm the reports that started to create a buzz across social media.
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
This was just one of the final steps taken in the process of moving away from the Indians’ nickname. It had been announced before the 2018 season that after the forthcoming season, the Chief Wahoo logo would no longer be shown on uniforms or around the stadium as the franchise decided to move away from that as well.
The organization has chosen to move away from the name altogether, leaving them as the Cleveland Baseball Club is making a change. The rumors have been circling that this change could be finalized as early as the next week when the Indians’ nickname is retired once and for all.
There had been an outcry and protest from those in the Native American community in regards to the team’s Indians nickname. The team finally decided to move on and move forward with a new name for the franchise. After over 100 years, the franchise will likely have a new nickname sooner than later.