CLEVELAND (AP) – Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he plans to meet with Indians owner Paul Dolan following the World Series to discuss the team’s continued use of the controversial Chief Wahoo logo.
The smiling, red-faced symbol has stirred strong opinions for years. Manfred said he understands “that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why.”
Manfred said he also appreciates the segment of fans who are attached to the character, which still appears on some of the Indians’ caps and sleeves of game jerseys.
The Indians dropped Chief Wahoo as their primary logo three years ago, replacing it with a block “C,” but that isn’t enough for some groups who want it abolished completely.
Manfred said he and Dolan agreed to put off discussion until after the Series.
During the AL Championship Series, a judge in Canada quashed a last-minute effort to attempt to bar the team from using its name and logo when it played against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
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