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Terry Francona addresses Cleveland Indians name change

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Talking on the MLB Winter Conferences, Cleveland Indians supervisor Terry Francona addressed the group’s upcoming title change.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s notice: the video within the participant above is from July 5, 2020.

The son of a former Cleveland Indians participant who went on to play for a similar franchise earlier than serving as its supervisor for the previous eight seasons, it will be comprehensible if the group’s title had some sentimental worth to Terry Francona.

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However when requested in regards to the information that the Indians will transfer ahead with altering their title, Francona made it clear which a part of the franchise he is really connected to.

“I am actually happy with our group for making an attempt to do the best factor. I feel what’s vital for individuals to grasp is what we’re actually happy with is the primary title of our group, which is Cleveland,” Francona mentioned. “Perhaps within the subsequent yr or so, the followers and the individuals can have enjoyable with [a new name] transferring ahead. I simply don’t desire it to ever get misplaced — we’re not making an attempt to be disrespectful to anyone, imagine me. We’re making an attempt to be the alternative and that is being respectful.”

That Francona did not object to the Indians’ impending title change hardly comes as a shock, contemplating he was one of many first voices within the group to publicly help such a transfer when the franchise first introduced it was having discussions relating to the matter in July. The topic of the Indians doubtlessly altering their title has been a polarizing subject for years with a number of Native American teams disapproving of its use as a nickname.

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However whereas the Indians deserted the red-faced caricature Chief Wahoo brand following the 2018 season, it appeared they’d be transferring ahead with the title for the foreseeable future. That, nonetheless, was earlier than the awakening to racial equality and social justice that came about earlier this yr, which Francona known as an “epiphany” relating to his stance on the Indians’ title.

“We at all times that we did not need to ever be disrespectful. However I feel we present in 2020 that simply saying that wasn’t right anymore,” Francona mentioned. “No matter how we felt about it, what was actually in the end most vital was how different folks that it was affecting felt about it.”

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