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CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 4:  Protestors voice their opinion about Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins on April 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Indians still don’t plan to get rid of Chief Wahoo


After receiving widespread criticism for the team’s continued use of the Chief Wahoo mascot, the Indians have gradually cut back. They’ve adopted a block “C” on some of their hats, but as John Woodrow Cox reports for The Washington Post, the Indians still make a lot of money off of merchandise featuring Wahoo.

Cox also reports that the Indians “have no plans of making a change.” Team officials say the club will “continue to research our fan base to better understand their perception and stance on the logo.”

As ESPN’s Bomani Jones points out, the Indians are relying on people “largely unaffected” by the continued use of the logo — which is to say white men — to determine whether or not to continue using it.

The Indians are also doing what most other businesses do, which is valuing marketing over ethics. Making a buck and doing the right thing are so often mutually exclusive, but this is one case where the Indians should pick ethics over profit.

From the end of Cox’s column:

He first wore his Indian costume to a game last year, and people swarmed him for photographs. It felt good.

But [Tray] Gabriel, who is black, had never thought much about how Native Americans might view him, nor had he been asked the question Rodriguez was two years ago: What’s the difference between Wahoo and the racist caricatures of African Americans?

“You know, umm,” he said, then paused. “I guess, yeah. I guess so. It’s tough. I guess that’s true.”

Marlins expected to place A.J. Ramos on the 15-day disabled list

MIAMI, FL - JULY 08: A.J. Ramos #44 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 8, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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The Marlins are expected to place closer A.J. Ramos on the 15-day disabled list with a jammed finger, Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports. [Update: It’s a fractured finger, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.]

Ramos, 29, has recorded the save in 32 of 34 opportunities for the Marlins this season while posting a 3.05 ERA and a 56/26 K/BB ratio in 44 1/3 innings.

Fernando Rodney was used in a save situation on Sunday and should be expected to fill in at closer while Ramos is out. The Marlins acquired Rodney from the Padres at the end of June. Slater also notes that the Marlins are expected to option reliever Hunter Cervenka, acquired from the Braves on Saturday, to Triple-A New Orleans.

Brandon Crawford’s seven-hit game was the first since 1975

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23:  Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before the game against the New York Yankees on July 23, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 7-for-8 with a double, a triple, and two RBI in Monday’s 14-inning 8-7 victory over the Marlins. It’s the first seven-hit game in baseball since Rennie Stennett did it for the Pirates on September 16, 1975 against the Cubs. Stennett is the only one to accomplish the feat in a game that did not go extra innings.

Prior to Monday’s performance, Crawford’s career-high for hits in a game was four, accomplished twice and last on September 17, 2014 against the Diamondbacks.

Here’s video of all seven hits:

Crawford is hitting .278/.344/.439 with 10 home runs and 70 RBI in 436 plate appearances on the season.