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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says Chief Wahoo decision tabled until after the season

By PAUL HOYNES • Jul 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM

MIAMI — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the future of Chief Wahoo has been tabled until the end of the season.

Manfred, speaking at a luncheon to members of the Baseball Writers Association at the All-Star Game, has made it clear that he'd like the Indians to do away with the Chief Wahoo logo. Asked if there had been any movement on that front, Manfred said, "We have had ongoing dialogue with the Indians about the Chief Wahoo situation. I think it's safe to say you are not going to see any dramatic developments until we're through the 2017 season."

When the Indians played the Rockies in Denver in June, Manfred was at Coors Field as part of his annual tour of big-league ballparks. Asked about Chief Wahoo at that time Manfred referred to a court ruling in Canada and said, "We were hoping that case was going to be dismissed. It was not. "I think it points out the ongoing practical problems that are posed by this particular logo."

In May the Ontario Human Right Tribunal rule that an Ontario court can hear a case contending the Indians name and Chief Wahoo logo are discriminatory. This decision was made at the end of May and is the latest chapter in a case filed during last year's American League Championship Series between the Indians and Toronto Blue Jays.

Douglas Cardinal filed the case to both the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Right Commission. He wanted to stop the Indians team name and logo from being used or broadcast in Canada.

A Toronto judge rejected the case, and the Indians were allowed to wear their uniforms which display Chief Wahoo.

Cardinal's representatives issued a recent quote from the activist concerning the Indians playing in the All-Star Game.

"I was relieved to hear that the players who will represent Cleveland in the All-Star Game will not wear jerseys with the team's offensive name and logo," Cardinal is quoted as saying. "This is how it should be, not just for one day, but every day of the baseball season.

"In today's society, there is simply no place for a culture, a people, a nation -- to serve as a team mascot."

And it is long past time to end it, once and for all."

The Indians five All-Stars, plus manager Brad Mills and the team's coaching staff, will wear the team's gray road uniforms for Tuesday night's game. It usually has a Chief Wahoo patch on the shoulder, but it has been replaced by All-Star patches on each shoulder.

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