Cleveland baseball team reportedly to change Indians name after 105 years

Announcement could come as early as this week after years of pressure from Native Americans.

Updated: December 13, 2020 - 11:23pm

The Major League Baseball team in Cleveland, a storied franchise that showcased such greats as Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, has reportedly decided to drop its Indians name after more than a century.

An announcement could be made as early as this week, although a new name was not immediately made public, according to multiple published reports. MLB's new season is slated to start April 1.

The baseball franchise's decision follows a similar decision earlier this year by the NFL team in Washington to drop its Redskins name. 

The Cleveland team has been known as the Indians since 1915, but faced years of pressure from social justice activists to change the name.

President Trump waiting almost immediately on Twitter, suggesting it was another example of cancel culture.

”Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for ‘Indians.’ Cancel culture at work!” He tweeted  

The team signaled a possible change with a statement on July 4.

“Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community. … We are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name," the team said.

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