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The Indians Are Getting Rid Of The 'Chief Wahoo' Logo

A general view of the Cleveland indians field during the world series.

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The Cleveland Indians will be making a change to their uniforms in 2019. The controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo will be gone.

The New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball has confirmed that Cleveland is getting rid of the logo beginning in 2019. The logo is "no longer appropriate for use on the field."

The logo, which has long been called offensive and racist, is also loved by an aspect of the fan base. It's been a major debate point for the Ohio franchise.

"Chief Wahoo" first appeared on Indians' uniforms in 1948. Over the years, several activist groups have attempted to get the logo removed.

Lately, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has pressured the Cleveland franchise to terminate the logo. He's been successful.

Manfred detailed his reasoning in a statement to the New York Times. He said the Indians "ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgment that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”

The New York Times reports that the logo will no longer be seen on the uniforms, field or any banners at Progressive Field. You will, though, still be able to buy apparel with the logo on it inside the stadium and at various shops. It won't be sold on MLB.com's official store, though.

Cleveland Indians chairman Paul Dolan released the following statement from the MLB.

“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” Dolan said. “While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”