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Name change comes at good time for Cleveland

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Morning news and notes for Monday, Dec. 14, 2020

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s to more good than bad this week.

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Cleveland baseball team will drop its Indians team name | New York Times

Most fans knew for a while that this was likely.

Name change gives Indians a distraction and chance to begin anew | Cleveland.com

From Paul Hoynes:

The winter meetings are about trades and free agent signings. The Indians will have little to do with free agent signings and any trades they make will not be the popular kind.

Basically, they have no money to spend on improving their roster after taking a big hit in the 60-game sprint because the pandemic prevented fans from coming to the park. Not only are they in the process of turning their payroll into a dot on the horizon, but at some point this winter they’re going to trade the face of the franchise (Francisco Lindor) and, perhaps, fan favorite Carlos Carrasco.

A team like that could use a distraction. Something to change the subject.

That’s not to make light of the organization’s decision to change the name. It has been a long time coming and it is being driven by positive forces.

After they dropped the Chief Wahoo logo following the 2018 season, the name was going to be next. It’s something that needed to be done if the Indians were going to be an institution dedicated to seeking tolerance and acceptance of all races among its fans and the citizens of Cleveland.

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