Wednesday, January 31, 2018

These Are Not The Indians You Seek

As is my customary Wednesday function, I am going to the movies for a $6 matinee.  I might finally see Star Wars, hence the reference in title.

On a completely unrelated note, I am a bit disappointed to hear that Chief Wahoo will no longer be appearing on the Cleveland Indians in future years.  Not that I want to support a politically incorrect baseball cap, but Major League is one of the greatest baseball movies of all time and Chief Wahoo and Wild Thing go together so well.

I wonder if this will ultimately lead to teams changing their names too.  One other not as recognized team called the Indians is the Pirates AAA team who hail from Indianapolis.

The team was formed in 1902 and has served as the farm system for the Expos, Brewers, Reds, Pirates, White Sox, Phillies, Braves (Boston) and of course Indians.  The Pirates have held the rights to the club since 2005 and it was in 2009 that the team saw it's most prized prospect get promoted to the majors.

There's not a lot of Cutch cards with the Indians as he was there for only about 200 games.  Many criticize the Pirates for not promoting him until 2009 after he put up a triple slash line of .283./.372/.398 in 2008 as a 21 year old.  He also would go on to steal over 30 bags that season in AAA.

The reality that many forget is that the Pirates had an All-star centerfielder named Nate McLouth who was posting a .276/.356/.478 line while playing gold glove defense.  The next year Nate would be traded for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez to make a spot available for Cutch.
Andrew sometimes gets credited as being Daniel McCutchen, the losing pitcher of the Jerry Meals July 26th 2011 game.

I believe that I may have shown the ones above off already, but here is the only other Cutch card I have with the Indians.

How do you all feel about Chief Wahoo being removed?
Do you think other Indians logos and maybe even names will be changed?


  1. The time has come - the fact that the logo survived this long truly surprises me. Might as well change the name too: perhaps a the Spiders or the Naps can make a return?

  2. Interesting. Haven't heard of that minor league club. Maybe something auto racing/Indy 500 related? Indianapolis Bricks?

  3. Let us know what you thought of the Star Wars movie. Reminds me of when there was a serious effort to make Admiral Ackbar the Ole Miss Rebels mascot.

  4. I'm not upset about the logo removal. A lot of people seem to be taking it as another sign that "this generation is too soft" but I feel that this is not one of those examples. It wouldn't surprise me either if the name did eventually change as well.

  5. They needed to get rid of Wahoo a long time ago.

  6. I'm not a big fan of change... but this is one that I support wholeheartedly.