Portland, Oregon 2021-07-23 10:18:27 –
Cleveland (WJW) – Cleveland Indians is now a Guardian.
The team announced a new name on Friday in a video narrated by Tom Hanks, who highlights Cleveland’s history. The Guardians nod to the statues along the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge.
The organization announced in December that it would change its name for the first time since 1915, following years of controversy and recent pressure from Major League Baseball.
Over the past few months, Indians have met with fans and community leaders to create a list of nearly 1,200 potential names.
The club said there are three main themes with the new name. Preserving the history of Cleveland baseball, uniting the community, and connecting to the city of Cleveland.
Team owner Paul Dolan said social unrest affected by George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis spurred his intention to change his name last summer.
Dolan is expected to provide details on change choices and background at a press conference in Progressive Field before the Indians host the Tampa Bay Rays.
In 2018, Indians stopped putting the Chief Wahoo logo on their jerseys and caps. However, the team continues to sell products with a smiling red-faced caricature protested by a Native American group for decades.
The name change has sparked a lively debate among the city’s passionate sports fans. Other names, including Spider, whose team was once called, were pushed by supporters on social media platforms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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