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Cleveland Indians manager favours changing nickname

July 5 2020 9:31 PM

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is in favour of changing the team's nickname.

Francona expressed his view at the end of a week in which the MLB side announced they would consider changing their nickname, which is considered to be racially insensitive. 

The franchise dropped their Chief Wahoo logo from their game jerseys and caps two years ago because it was deemed offensive.  

"I think it's time to move forward and not just say 'it's a very difficult subject'," said Francona.

"I've been thinking about it and been thinking about it before we put out that statement.

"I know in the past, when I've been asked about [it], whether it's our name or the Chief Wahoo, I think I would usually answer and say I know that we're never trying to be disrespectful.

"I still feel that way but I don't think that's a good enough answer today.” 

The 61-year-old Francona also said it is important for people his age to adapt and be open-minded during these changing times. 

"Even at my age, you don't want to be too old to learn or to realise that, maybe I've been ignorant of some things, and to be ashamed of it, and to try to be better," he said.

"I'm glad that we're going to be open to listening, because I think that's probably the most important thing right now, is being willing to listen, not necessarily just talk." 

Francona has led the Indians to four playoff appearances – including the 2016 World Series – in his first seven seasons in Cleveland after guiding the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles. 

Cleveland's major-league team has been known as the Indians since 1915 after previously being called the Blues, the Broncos and the Naps. 

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