The Cleveland Indians struck a compromise with Major League Baseball, and like most such agreements, the deal yields something better. Starting with the 2019 season, the club will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on its uniforms and hats, diminishing substantially the presence of a caricature that many Native Americans and others find offensive.

This compromise is typical in another way. It leaves work to do. The club won’t abandon entirely the image. Chief Wahoo merchandise will be sold at the team’s shop and retail outlets across the region. As that suggests, fans, no doubt, will come to Progressive Field with the logo on display.

For Paul Dolan, the club owner and chief executive, that affection for the image, part of the team’s history going back seven decades, must be acknowledged and respected. He sees the chief as part of the community, attachments tracing to childhoods, the image shared and positive.

Those bonds are real, yet the club already has acknowledged the larger and more consequential problem. When the team moved its spring training facility to Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona, it diminished the presence of Chief Wahoo, a clear and welcome gesture to the state’s large Native American population.

In other ways, the team has been moving away from the logo, for example, by expanding the use of the block C. So, the decision announced this week is part of a progression.

The trouble with the logo is the disrespect it shows to Native Americans, the effect even wounding. That reaction isn’t a matter of political correctness or sensitivities taken too far. People genuinely are offended, and many are puzzled, even angry, that supporters want to persist.

Why not see the image as comic, in fun, or not to be taken so seriously? If it is such a light matter, akin, say, to Rubber Ducks, why is it so important to keep it?

Many backers of the logo cite tradition. Yet social thinking changes. In this case, the story of Native Americans has been more fully told in recent decades, in schools, popular culture and policy-making. It is a story of much brutality, of Native Americans driven from lands, Chief Wahoo, thus, representative of cruelty and misunderstanding, of stereotypes and ignorance.

Native Americans rightly take offense because they deserve better.

Ideally, the club would give up the logo and the nickname. Universities long have made the change, for instance, Miami University dumping Redskins for RedHawks, Stanford University going from Indians to the Cardinal.

Paul Dolan reports that Major League Baseball doesn’t see the need for a name change. Perhaps it will be part of a continuing conversation. Still, if many Native Americans have good reason to wonder why wait until 2019, this decision does represent progress. The hope is, sooner rather than later, the club and baseball will achieve more.