Goodbye, Cleveland Indians.
The Cleveland Base Ball Club is changing its name for the 2022 season and beyond, with some speculating that Spiders or otherwise will be the new name. That is not the case.
The team is ready to leave behind the nickname of the Indians, a name they have used since 1915.
Now a new name is here. This is what we know:
What is the new name of the Cleveland Indians?
The Indians will be new known as the Cleveland Guardians.
Although it seems generic on the surface, the name “Guardians” is not without relevance in the city: the name probably comes from Cleveland’s Hope Memorial Bridge, with stone fixtures called “Traffic Guardians” throughout the structure.
The name change comes at a time of public pressure to change the baseball team’s racial name; The NFL football team in Washington felt pressure from sponsors to change their team’s name and ultimately change it before the 2019 season. The franchise has yet to decide on a new name.
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While the Cleveland baseball team still operates under its current moniker for now, the franchise removed Chief Wahoo, a racist cartoon of a Native American tribal chief, which used to be used as the team’s main and hat logo.
It’s a new era for Cleveland baseball.
Great missed opportunity for the “Cleveland Rocks” but nevertheless.