CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians new name is. . .The Guardians.
The Indians announced the new name on Twitter on Friday morning. They have been called the Indians since 1915.
The franchise announced the name change in a video narrated by Cleveland fan Tom Hanks.
When team owner Paul Dolan announced his intention to change the name of the franchise in December of 2020 Dolan said he hoped to have the new name in place for the 2022 season. He has met that goal.
The Indians will remain the Indians until the end of the current season.
In June the Indians announced that they had considered a list of almost 1,100 names and were in the process of whittling it down. They revealed the process they’ve gone through to reach a new name.
In July of 2020 the Indians announced that they were considering a name change. This came during the social unrest that swept the country following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police.
It also followed the announcement that the NFL Washington Redskins, under pressure from their sponsors, were going to change their name.
The Indians, at the time, said they wanted to become an organization that could bring Cleveland and its citizens together, but that was hard to do with a team name that has caused division instead of unity throughout the years.
In 2018 the Indians discontinued their use of Chief Wahoo, a logo that many felt was demeaning to Native Americans.
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