Shocker: a team named the “Indians” uses a respectful, non-racist logo

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Not Cleveland, of course. It’s Spokane of the class-A Northwest League, which is an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. They have eschewed offensive caricatures and misplaced iconography for years, but now they have taken it one step further: their primary logo — developed in consultation with the Spokane Indian tribe — is now an “S” with “Spokane Indians” spelled out in the Salish language of the Spokane people.

There was a story about it in Indian Country Today at the end of December, talking about how and why it came about. Amazingly, it involved reasonable people doing reasonable things like not trafficking on racist logos and stereotypes and being respectful of one another. Imagine.

Of course the Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins and other teams with racist overtones to their Native American mascots and logos couldn’t possibly do this. It’d be unthinkable. For some reason.

(thanks to Rob Neyer for the heads up)

Report: Astros, Michael Brantley agree to two-year, $32 million contract

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros and outfielder Michael Brantley are closing in on an agreement for a two-year contract in the $32 million range.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

Brantley’s health, though, is why he had to settle for a two-year deal as opposed to a longer contract for a player of his caliber. He will take over in left field. In the event Brantley succumbs to injury woes, the Astros have top prospect Kyle Tucker waiting in the wings.

Update: According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who also reports that the deal is in place, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH. That opens up some more playing time for Tucker.