Wahoo Week is almost over, but that means we are getting closer to the official start of baseball season. Ray Horner is still out in Goodyear, Arizona, and he has grabbed interviews with members of the Indians, on-field personnel and off.
Bradley Zimmer - Outfielder Sandy Alomar Jr. - First Base Coach Mike Napoli - First Baseman/DH Eric Hasse - Minor League Catcher Edwin Encarnacion - DH/First Baseman Carl Willis - Pitching Coach Bob DiBiasio - VP, Public Relations Bobby Bradley - Minor League Outfielder
Two days in Goodyear, Arizona, and Ray Horner was not quite soaking up the sun by the pool. He was down at Goodyear Ballpark and the Indians' training complex snagging interviews with Tribe players and personnel.
Yonder Alonso - First Baseman Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Tom Hamilton - Tribe Broadcaster Terry Francona - Manager Rajai Davis - Outfielder Mike Clevinger - Starting Pitcher Mike Chernoff - General Manager Josh Tomlin - Starting Pitcher Dan Otero - Relief Pitcher
Coming off a great season but disappointing finish in 2017, the 2018 Cleveland Indians have unfinished business to tend to. The team lost a few familiar faces in the offseason, but many members of the squad are back, as well as some new blood.
Ray will have interviews with anyone and everyone around the baseball team, from the players to the front office executives, all the way down to the person who puts the bases on the field.
Andrew Miller - Relief Pitcher Brandon Guyer - Outfielder Cody Allen - Closer Greg Allen - Outfielder Randy Drone - Founder, Dinger Bat Company Tyler Olson - Relief Pitcher Yonder Alonso - First Baseman
The Cleveland Indians have announced that after the 2018 season, they will abandon Chief Wahoo, removing the controversial logo from caps and sleeves.
Chief Wahoo has been the polarizing centerpiece of a long-running debate on whether or not the logo is racist. At the start of every Major League Baseball season, protesters gather outside of Progressive Field to voice their opinion on the logo as fans flock to the stadium for the home opener.
The logo was at the center of a national debate and was scrutinized heavily after a lawsuit was filed during the American League Championship Series between the Indians and the Blue Jays. The suit, filed in a Toronto court, was an effort to have the Chief Wahoo logo AND the Indians name banned from appearing on Canadian television during the series. Several Canadian broadcasters, and some national sports TV broadcasters, went as far as not saying the club name "Indians" during reports. The court case was tossed out by a Toronto judge.
While the team will not wear the Chief Wahoo logo beyond the 2018 season, the club will still retain the rights and hats and jerseys will still be sold at team shops and through other vendors both online and in-store.