Chief Wahoo did not make the trip across the border to Toronto for the Indians' four-game series with the Blue Jays that will begin Thursday night at Rogers Centre.Acknowledging increased sensitivity to the Chief Wahoo image in Canada, the Indians, who have already announced their plans to remove the logo
Chief Wahoo did not make the trip across the border to Toronto for the Indians' four-game series with the Blue Jays that will begin Thursday night at Rogers Centre.
Acknowledging increased sensitivity to the Chief Wahoo image in Canada, the Indians, who have already announced their plans to remove the logo from their uniforms completely beginning in 2019, opted not to feature it during this series. They are exclusively wearing their "Block C" caps, and the Wahoo logo has been removed from its usual placement on the left sleeves of their jerseys.
Chief Wahoo will return to the Indians' uniform scheme when the club continues its current road trip in Tampa Bay on Monday. It will then remain on their uniforms for the balance of 2018, including the postseason, before being permanently retired from on-field use.
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Scrutiny of the logo's use specifically in Canada grew in 2016, when an activist tried to block the Indians from displaying their name and logo during the American League Championship Series against the Blue Jays. The Indians were uncertain whether they would be able to take the field with their regular uniforms for Game 3 at Rogers Centre until shortly before the first pitch, when a Canadian judge dismissed the case. Indigenous people accounted for nearly 5 percent of the total Canadian population in the most recent census data.
Major League Baseball and the Indians jointly announced in January that the 2018 season will be the last in which Chief Wahoo will be a part of the club's uniform scheme.
"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game," Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at that time.
Chief Wahoo has been used in various versions by the team since 1947.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.