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PC GONE MAD: Baseball’s Cleveland Indians Will Change Their Name

Baseball has succumbed to political correctness.

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Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians have decided to change their franchise name, citing liberal and politically correct objections to their longtime moniker. The New York Times reported that the team resolved to change its name Sunday, citing three sources within the organization.

The franchise is set to announce its decision to change its name this week, and will play under the Indians name in 2021 while preparing for a name change in 2022. It’s unclear what the Indians’ new name will be.

The Indians have gone by the name since the year 1915, and are poised to do away with a name that is almost as old as the American tradition of professional baseball itself. The name change comes less than a year after the former Washington Redskins changed their name to the “Washington Football Team,” replacing a historic franchise name with a neutered and gray replacement.

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In spite of liberal hysteria over pro sports teams named after Native Americans and tribal communities, there’s polling that shows a strong majority of Native Americans aren’t particularly bothered by team names such as “Redskins.” As recently as 2016, 90% of Native Americans indicated in a Washington Post poll that the Redskins name didn’t offend them.

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The Indians had done away with their longtime mascot, Chief Wahoo, in 2019, citing objections to the character’s appearance.

Major League Baseball has been somewhat immune to displays of progressive morality and ideology compared to other major American pro sports, but that appears to be changing as liberal political content is introduced as a fundamental feature of the sport.

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Make-A-Wish Vanderbilt Kicker Sarah Fuller Will Take Part in Joe Biden’s Inauguration

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Vanderbilt University student Sarah Fuller, goalie for the women’s soccer team and erstwhile emergency kicker for the men’s football team, will be taking part in the inauguration of Joe Biden.

USA Today reports that Fuller will participate in a television program titled “Celebrating America,” which will be simulcast the evening of Inauguration Day on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.

Fuller confirmed the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

“It’s an honor to be invited to participate in one of America’s greatest traditions,” Fuller tweeted with pictures of herself on the Vanderbilt football field. “This historic inauguration is especially meaningful for American women and girls. The glass ceilings are breaking and it is the time to #LeadLikeAWoman.”

Multiple guests will appear on the program in addition to Fuller. Tom Hanks is hosting and both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be giving speeches.

Back in November and December the mainstream media lauded Fuller for becoming the first woman to play and then score in a Power Five college football game. In her first appearance she squib kicked the ball to Missouri’s 37-yard line and subsequently hurried to the sidelines. In later appearances she made two extra points following Vanderbilt touchdowns.

Fuller became Vanderbilt’s emergency kicker after their starting and backup kickers could not play due to COVID-19 protocols.

Big League Politics previously covered the Sarah Fuller story, specifically the reaction of Jason Whitlock, a conservative-friendly sports writer who once worked for Fox Sports. Whitlock called her appearance a “Make-A-Wish” publicity stunt.

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