Incredible but true what happened in Major League Baseball. Cleveland will no longer be Indians. Team abandons its historical name considered racist by Native Americans, to support the anti-racial battle that followed the Black Lives Matter.
The announcement should be made this week. Three other clubs still bear the name inspired by the natives: the Chicago Blackhawks of ice hockey who do not have a change between the plans also because the name is inspired by Black Hawk, leader of Illinois who inspired generations of natives, the Atlanta Braves baseball and the Kansas City Chiefs of football.
Cleveland baseball team is the last of the pro league teams after Washington in football, which canceled the Redskins name this year for the same reasons. Two years ago it removed the image of the smiling Indian chief from the logo, now as a form of respect and to break the pressure of anti-racial influence groups, the Major League franchise deletes the Wahoo chief's logo, a caricature considered stereotyped.
At the same time a study was launched for the new name.
Kim Ng and the World Series
For the first time, a woman will be general manager of a Major League baseball team. 51 years-old Kim Ng has in fact been named head of the Miami Marlins.
She had previously been an assistant to the Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ng began her career as an intern with the Chicago White Sox. In 1995 she became team assistant director. In 1998 she moved to the Yankees where she became the youngest assistant general manager; retained the role at the Dodgers and already in 2005 was vying to become the main, while in 2011 she moved to the league dealing with international affairs.
"After decades of determination, it is an honor for me to lead the Marlins," said Kim Ng. She is also the first manager of Asian descent and the first woman to lead a franchise in American professional sport. Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series.
They beat Tampa Bay Rays and throughout Game 6 the victory seemed like an appointment to be postponed. Baseball in 2020 withstood Covid and completed a year to remember. The pandemic was a threat until the very end: in race 6 Justin Turner was removed during the race because he was positive at the last check.
A difficult year, in unrepeatable conditions. Also for this reason it is irrepressible joy for the Dodgers. The 3 to 1 final of race 6 bears his signature. He had arrived in Los Angeles to complete an excellent group and lead them to victory.
She did it. The MVP title goes to Corey Seager, and his offensive stats prove him right. Blake Snell, the Rays 'starting pitcher, produced a stunning performance, silencing the Dodgers' powerful attack for over 5 innings with 9 strike outs.
Almost a masterpiece, but not rewarded by the team that took the point of advantage with a home run than the usual Randy Arozarena in the first inning, but then nothing more. At the first jolt the Rays fell, Snell removed from the mountain the dam gave way.
At the first moment of Snell's difficulty he thought of replacing him to avoid trouble. Instead the troubles have arrived. Mookie Betts was confirmed as the player of the winning moments, he scored the diving pass from third base anticipating the defense, added a safety home run.
Dave Roberts finally brings the Dodgers to managerial success after losing finals in 2017 and 2018, now it's up to Cash to rethink the choices that didn't work. But Tampa Bay has had an exciting season, it deserves only compliments.
Los Angeles was stronger, better equipped and more aware that its time had come. So Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series for the first time in 32 years, the final of the North American professional baseball league MLB, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 and winning the series 4-2.
So also the MLB season ends, after the NBA and the NHL. Tampa Bay is NHL champion for the second time in history. The Florida franchise, at the 2004 title and at the end of a completely atypical season, now adds that of 2020.