Avoiding a potential controversy before it got started, the Atlanta Braves announced that their spring training hat won't feature a screaming Indian head.
The navy blue hats will be adorned with the team's traditional script "A" logo.
ESPN.com's Uni Watch leaked photos of all 30 teams' spring training hats in December, highlighting the Braves' proposed return to the screaming Indian logo that hasn't been used since 1989. Uni Watch writer Paul Lukas correctly predicted that the team would back away from the idea due to public perception that the logo is demeaning to Native Americans.
"I like the selection we made this year," Braves president John Schuerholz said Monday, according to multiple media outlets. "We had a variety of choices that we looked at, some more thoroughly than others. But at the end, we liked this one. The fact that one person somewhere offered his personal opinion about one of our options, that was important to him.
"When we made our decisions, we tried to contemplate. We tried to be creative. We tried to carry on the theme of our organization, and we think this script A does that. It is part of the continuum of the uniform look we have. We've never had one that looks like this during spring training."
Baseball teams routinely wear different hats in spring training than in the regular season, giving them another option to sell in ballparks and online.