Potential Ontario court ruling could prevent Indians from wearing “offensive” jerseys in Toronto

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The National Post is reporting that the Ontario Superior Court will hear an application on Monday and, if the court rules in favor of activist Douglas Cardinal, the Indians would be prevented from wearing their “offensive uniforms” brandishing the image of Chief Wahoo while the club plays ALCS Games 3, 4, and 5 in Toronto.

Cardinal filed applications to the Ontario Superior Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Post reports. He is seeking an injuction against the Indians, Major League Baseball, and Rogers Communications. Cardinal argues that the Indians’ team name and mascot Chief Wahoo are offensive and discriminatory.

This is nothing new, of course, as Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro — formerly in the Indians’ front office — said that Chief Wahoo “was troubling to me personally.” Two years ago, the New York Post decided it would no longer run images of Chief Wahoo. An Ohio legislator tried to pass a resolution that would encourage the Indians to adopt a new name and mascot.

This kind of pushback has been going on for decades, but sadly, not much has come of it. The Indians have been using a block C on new uniforms and merchandise, but Chief Wahoo is still found on products being sold on the Indians’ website, for example.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.