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.”
After a condensed 60-game regular season, the MLB playoffs kicked off this week with an usual 16-team format that you can read more about below, but one of the many questions on everyone’s mind is whether or not fans will be allowed to attend MLB playoff games.
Will fans be allowed to go to MLB playoff games?
There have been no spectators at any games this season but fans will finally have the opportunity to go to the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas–one of the few states allowing spectators to attend events this year. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game.
Below is the format and locations for each round. Unlike the regular season, there will be a bubble setup for each series in the postseason with the exception of the Wild Card round. Click here for the MLB schedule and scoreboard.
MLB Playoffs Format
Wild Card Series (Best-of-three): September 29 – October 2
All games will be held at the higher seed’s ball park.
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals
Division Series (Best-of-five): October 5 -10
The American League Division Series will be contested at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The National League Division Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston.
League Championship Series (Best-of-seven): October 11-18
The American League Championship Series will be held at Petco Park in San Diego while the National League Championship Series will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
World Series (Best-of-seven): October 20-28
The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Home field advantage will go to the team with the best regular-season record.
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