MLB’s Cleveland Indians are dropping the name they’ve had since 1915 to become the Cleveland Guardians.
The team made the announcement Friday morning on Twitter in a video narrated by actor Tom Hanks.
“And now it’s time to unite as one family, one community to build the next era for this team and this city, to keep watch and guard what makes this game the greatest, to come together and welcome all who want to join us,” Hanks said.
“We are loyal and proud and resilient. We protect what we earned and always defend it. Together we stand with all who understand what it means to be born and built from the Land.
“Because this is the city we love and the game we believe in and together we are all Cleveland Guardians.”
Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021
Team owner Paul Dolan announced in December that the name would be changed.
“Our role is to unite the community,” Dolan told MLB.com. “There is a credible number of people in this community who are upset by our name, are hurt by our name, and there is no reason for our franchise to bear a name that is divisive.”
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 14, 2020
The change to Guardians was met with disdain on social media.
… angry that you’re changing the name of a team due to woke-ness.
— oribiasi (@oribiasi) July 23, 2021
What a horrible freaking name!!!! Leave it to Dolan to screw this up too!
— Mike Mel (@MikeMel) July 23, 2021
Indians fan here….. This name fits:
Bland City w/
Bland Name w/
Bland Owners w/
now a Bland Team w/
Sell the team. go AAA
— Jeremy L. Harris (@jeremylharris) July 23, 2021
— Save Chief Wahoo (@SaveWahoo) July 23, 2021
Cleveland Guardians sounds like an XFL team name
— Stuart Feiner (@StuartFeiner) July 23, 2021
The name Guardians references Art Deco statues on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge known as the “Guardians of Traffic.”
Cool. Now we’re mamed after a couple of bridge statues that not even the people that live in Cleveland knew about up until a year or two ago.
— FriendsOtheFeathered (@crosshimoffthen) July 23, 2021
It is not clear when the name change will go into effect.
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