Pirates Triple-A Affiliate To Look At 'Indians' Team Name

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By 93.7 The Fan

INDIANAPOLIS, (93.7 The Fan) - The Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, The Indianapolis Indians say they are going to explore the name of their mascot.

In a statement the organization said:

Indianapolis Indians baseball dates back to 1902 and it’s been the organization’s goal to be low-cost family entertainment for all fans in an inclusive environment. We take this mission very seriously. We also feel strongly about the relationship we have with our fans, community and corporate partners. Knowing that the appropriateness of our team name is being questioned, we will be forming a committee to explore it while also gathering community input. As background, the name is derived from our state, Indiana, which means “Land of the Indians” and our city, Indianapolis, which means “City of Indians.”
We are prepared to collaborate with our community and appropriate stakeholders. We understand that our team name has not been endorsed by some but trust they understand the historic and respectful context in which it has been used over the years. We are committed to engage, listen and exchange ideas.

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— Indianapolis Indians (@indyindians) July 28, 2020

The Cleveland Indians removed the controversial “Chief Wahoo” logo from its uniforms and hats, replacing them with the letter “C”.

The Atlanta Braves said they will keep their team name but are reviewing the “Tomahawk Chop” and may ban it.

These moves come after NFL’s Washington team removed the Redskins mascot.

They will be known as the Washington Football Team, while a new team mascot is chosen.

Minor League baseball was canceled for the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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