Once the 2021 season is over, the team will then be known as the Cleveland Guardians.
It's the end of an era—the Cleveland Indians will be no more ... the name, that is. Since 1915, Cleveland's major league baseball team has been known to the free world as the Cleveland Indians, but at the close of the 2021 season, they will assume their new namesake: the Cleveland Guardians.
Introducing the Cleveland Guardians!— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2021
The name will go into effect after the 2021 season. pic.twitter.com/ggCFyIRD2y
It's no secret that there's been ongoing debate and disapproval over ballclub names that are considered racist. The Cleveland organization took this to heart and after "140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders, front-office personnel and survey of 40,000 fans" changed the name to the Cleveland Guardians.
Baseball tradition is embedded into the American spirit and the ballclub name is very much a part of that tradition. The Cleveland organization understands the complexity of emotions over the name change and met it head-on with a polished video sporting the title "Together, we are all ..." which includes some star power from Tom Hanks' narration.
Check it out here:
The Chief Wahoo logo was taken off of uniforms in 2018. The new Cleveland Guardians logo will bring in architectural designs of the bridge which the team was named after, Guardians of Traffic, which is outside of the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. The team's colors will remain the same: red and white.
TBH, The Guardians is much more authentically Cleveland than most jokesters on this website understand— josh grubbs (@JoshuaGrubbsPhD) July 23, 2021
These four statues--The Guardians of Transportation--are absolute icons in the city and familiar to anyone who has any sort of roots in the area https://t.co/8u0fx9SKI0 pic.twitter.com/vlifF39JjQ
Team owner, Paul Dolan, said, "We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland. Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders."
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