Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The Cleveland Indians are considering a name change, the team announced on Friday. This is their full statement:
We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality. Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community.
We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.
With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.
While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those who support our team.
This news comes on the heels of a similar announcement by the Washington NFL team, which plans to undergo a “thorough review” of their Redskins name.
The Indians’ name dates back to 1915. They had previously been called the Naps, in honor of their best player Nap Lajoie, but switched when Lajoie was sold to the Philadelphia A’s. Before that they’d gone through several other names, as detailed by Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic. There are not yet any suggestions for a new moniker.
While the team hasn’t fully committed to changing their name, this is the most serious indication they’ve ever given in that direction — and going public with the idea would only seem to increase the likelihood. It’s not the first step they’ve taken away from their racially offensive branding, as they retired their cartoonish Chief Wahoo logo after the 2018 season.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona spoke on the matter and supported the idea of change, via John Fanta of Fox: “I know that we’re never trying to be disrespectful. But I don’t think that’s a good enough answer today. I think it’s time to move forward.” For more on Francona, check out Meisel’s writeup at The Athletic.
There was a ton of news over the weekend, and we already did roundups of some of it in separate posts, so the first section of Rumblings today will just link to those separate roundups. For more details (and many more links) on those topics, click through to our full stories.
- Sights, sounds, and updates from Oakland A’s first weekend of Summer Camp workouts
- David Price, Felix Hernandez opt out of 2020 MLB season amid coronavirus pandemic
- MLB announces coronavirus screening results with 1.2% positive rate (includes list of players who have gone public with positive tests)
- Gallegos: A’s looking to secure alternate training site
- Gallegos: Manaea ponders wearing mask during games
- Coffey: ‘Frustrated’ A’s wait as many of their COVID-19 test results remain delayed ($$$)
- Coffey: Jose Canseco wants the bash to return, but even that may have to wait ($$$)
- Slusser: A’s try to balance quick preparations against injury risks after 3 months away ($)
- Slusser: ‘Pending issues’ sideline key A’s starters Mike Fiers and Jesús Luzardo, at least initially ($)
- Hickey: Athletics’ starters Fiers, Luzardo Non-Participants in First Two Days of Workouts
- Hickey: Athletics GM Forst Says Semien Has it Right When Talking About Baseball in 2020
- Hickey: Athletics’ Employee Assistance Program Running Even as Some Furloughed Workers Return
- Hickey: Athletics Won’t be Playing Small Ball, at Least at 2020’s Outset
- Hickey: OTD in 1988 (July 3), Bash Brothers Were at Their Bashiest With 4 Homers in 16-inning Athletics Win
- Hall: Oakland A’s ballpark project hits new obstacle from Sierra Club
- Nico: Moving Forward: Owners May Have MLBPA Over A Barrel
- A’s trivia: Name the 2019 A’s
MLB News, & Interest:
- Castrovince: All-Star Game canceled; Dodgers to host in 2022
- Stark: What happens if one team has to shut down? Where will MLB draw the line? ($$$)
- Davidi, Nicholson-Smith, and Mae (video): Blue Jays move training camp to Toronto, regular season next?
- Bowman: Soroka says Freeman’s test ‘kicked us into gear’
- Hoch: Tanaka rejoins club, ‘acting like his normal self’ [after concussion]
- Rome: Astros’ Alex Bregman hires Scott Boras as agent ($$$)
- Bastian: Darvish’s newest pitch has quite the nickname
- Gold: These guys have never been to ASG? No way
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
So far, eight MLB players have opted out of the season, from five different teams
Forst said he’s not expecting any A’s player to opt out of the season right now.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 3, 2020
Follow-up on the Jorge Mateo trade
A’s GM David Forst says the team had conversations with multiple teams about Jorge Mateo. Said San Diego was aggressively after him and called as soon as baseball opened back up.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 3, 2020
Marcus Semien, Team Leader
Forst has a long talk with Marcus Semien last week about the challenges of this camp/season and he is impressed with how much of a leadership role Marcus is taking with it and understanding the players’ responsibilities with their behavior in keeping themselves and others safe.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 3, 2020
Getting pointers from a former Rookie of the Year
Former A’s SS Bobby Crosby is among the furloughed minor league coaches who will be coming back to coach at the team’s alternate training camp site. Wherever it is. Lots of shortstops to work with there including Robert Puason, Logan Davidson Nick Allen.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 4, 2020
A.J. Puk got a haircut!
A.J. Puk cut off all his hair.— Shayna Rubin (@ShaynaRubin) July 5, 2020
Sean Manaea: “I guess quarantine does that to people” pic.twitter.com/efqeDvc0HS
One mid-June MLB player birthday party in Florida is believed to have led to infections and become a spreader in a spring clubhouse. The question is: Will this episode be repeated or will it become an important cautionary tale?— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 3, 2020
This is our covid test. Spitting into a vial like 15 times. No eating/drinking 30 min beforehand. Tested every other day. pic.twitter.com/qPnuwVarwI— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) July 4, 2020
Shark tells it like it is
We just got to talk to Saamardzija. He feels comfortable moving forward. I asked how he'd feel about no fans in the stands, and he essentially said he expects there to be fans because the owner will do anything to make money, risk be damned.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) July 3, 2020
Hall of Fame visit!
Your reaction to the name Pat Listach will help reveal whether you are over or under 35 years old. (Also, best wishes to Webby in his continued recovery from coronavirus!)