Report: Cleveland MLB team to shed 'Indians' nickname

The team has not confirmed the report.
Author:
Publish date:

Months after the NFL team in Washington dropped its "Redskins" nickname, the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball may be on the verge of making a similar announcement. 

According to the New York Times, which cites three people familiar with the situation, the team could announce that it is dropping the "Indians" nickname as soon as this week. The report states: 

"Following years of protests from fans and Native American groups, the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their team name, moving away from a moniker that has long been criticized as racist, three people familiar with the decision said Sunday."

The team has yet to announce anything regarding the report, though the New York Times notes that one of its sources said the nickname change may not happen until after the upcoming 2021 season. 

After dropping its racist nickname prior to the beginning of the current NFL season, the team in the nation's capital has yet to choose a replacement nickname, instead being referred to as the Washington Football Team. 

Cleveland plays in the American League Central Division where they have been favored alongside the Minnesota Twins as division favorites each of the past few seasons. 

Next Up

Grand casino

Grand Casino celebrates 30th anniversary with more than cake

Hundreds of thousands of winning dollars are on the table.

Brodd defense witness

As defense starts, expert argues Chauvin's use of force was reasonable

Use-of-force expert Barry Brodd testified on behalf of the defense.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball

Minnehaha Academy produces back-to-back award winners for the second time in state history.

Byron Buxton

Red Sox out-slug Twins in chilly matinee

Bobby Dalbec hit two RBI doubles to hand the Twins their third straight loss.

Governor Tim Walz

As CDC urges Michigan to shut down, Gov. Walz watches closely

Walz says there are no imminent plans to dial back.

ambulance

Man, 26, collapses and dies at event center shortly after altercation

The incident was reported Saturday night in Stearns County.

Allina Crossroads Campus

Allina Health will reopen Buffalo clinic after fatal mass shooting

A timeline about when the clinic will reopen hasn't been released.

Related

Trevor Bauer

Indians going after Twins with top-3 starters in big weekend series

The Twins will counter with three of their best starters.

Jose Ramirez

Injuries could give Twins early leg up on Indians

Jose Ramirez, Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis are all hurt.

Jose Ramirez

The Twins should still probably worry about Cleveland

Gone are some of the stars of recent years, but the Indians still look good on paper.

Eddie Rosario

Eddie Rosario is signing with the Cleveland Indians

The former Twins favorite was a free agent.

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard trolls clueless Cleveland Indians tweet

It's funny when a fringe playoff team calls an opponent a fringe playoff team.

Max Kepler

Indians have been 'chasing down these Twins' for months

The biggest series of the season starts Thursday night.

Jose Berrios

Twins can't relax as Indians apply pressure in the AL Central

Cleveland is the hottest team in the MLB in June.

48221362541_5b0a190f1f_k

Are we overreacting about Cleveland being a threat to the Twins?

A fun reminder about the 2011 Twins doing something similar to the Tigers.