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In this Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, a Cleveland Indians fan reacts during the sixth inning of Game 6 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs in Cleveland. The Indians went on to lose the Series in seven games. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The MLB isn't donating the Cleveland Indians championship gear


They're trashing it.

In a move away from the longtime practice of donating the gear made for the World Series of the losing team, the MLB has decided to destroy the merchandise instead.

According to ESPN, an MLB spokesman has confirmed that all licensed items calling the Cleveland Indians 2016 World Series champs "must be handed over by retailers in order to destroy the products after the Chicago Cubs' victory in the seven-game series."

The erroneous gear had previously gone to foreign countries.

Neither team had won a World Series championship in decades.

The donations had been distributed with the help of World Vision, which ESPN explains is a charity that donates merchandise to other countries. 

The decision to trash the gear, the MLB spokesperson told ESPN, was made to "protect the team from inaccurate merchandise being available in the general marketplace."

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