Major League Baseball commissioner wants Indians to 'transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo'

Posted at 1:50 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 15:48:30-04

It's a conversation that's been going on for years.

Should the Cleveland Indians part ways with the controversial Chief Wahoo logo? 

The Major League Baseball commissioner thinks yes.

On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article about commissioner Rob Manfred's "continuing discussions" with the team about "coming up with a plan of action."

News 5 reached out to MLB to confirm the information in the article.

MLB responded with this statement: 

Thus far, there have been productive discussions with the Cleveland Indians regarding the Commissioner’s desire to transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo. We have specific steps in an identified process and are making progress.  We are confident that a positive resolution will be reached that will be good for the game and the Club.

News 5 also reached out to the Cleveland Indians, who said they will work with MLB to find "a solution that is good for the game and [the] organization."

Read the full statement from the Indians below: 

Commissioner Rob Manfred and Indians Owner Paul Dolan have had on-going dialogue on the topic of Chief Wahoo since last October.  We certainly understand the sensitivities of the logo- those who find it insensitive and also those fans who have a long standing attachment to its place in the history of the team.

We fully expect to work with the Commissioner throughout the remainder of this season on finding a solution that is good for the game and our organization.

Our primary focus right now is on the team and our pursuit of returning to the postseason.