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No timetable on Cleveland Indians’ name change

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Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti revealed on Thursday that there is not presently a timetable for the crew to alter its title.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s notice: the video within the participant above is from July 24, 2020.

Because the 2020 MLB season approached, the Cleveland Indians introduced that they had been having conversations that would end result within the franchise altering its title.

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5 months later, crew president Chris Antonetti revealed that these conversations stay ongoing and not using a particular timetable in place for a possible title change to happen.

“We proceed to work by means of that course of,” Antonetti stated throughout a press availability on Thursday afternoon. “As we shared, we needed to verify we had been considerate and connecting with all of the completely different stakeholders and we have been engaged in these conversations over the course of the final a number of months. 

“I’ve personally participated in a few of these and have been enlightened by the dialog and we’ll proceed that course of and as soon as we’re at some extent the place we’ve got extra data to share, we’ll actually try this.”

For years, the topic of the Indians’ crew title has been a extremely polarizing matter, with many believing the nickname is racially insensitive. The crew’s announcement that it was contemplating a reputation change got here days after the NFL’s Washington Redskins introduced that it might be altering their title and amid an awakening in the US to racial injustice that got here on account of the loss of life of George Floyd.

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However whereas the Redskins modified their title to the “Washington Soccer Crew” instantly, the Indians performed everything of the 2020 season below their present title. Till additional discover, it seems the crew will do the identical in 2021, until the replace Antonetti alluded to on Thursday comes sooner than that.

You’ll be able to watch everything of Antonetti’s press availability within the video participant beneath:

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