fbpx

Cleveland Indians changing name to Guardians

Jul 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Daniel Johnson (23) reaches for the ball on a triple by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia (28) in the seventh inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Daniel Johnson (23) reaches for the ball on a triple by Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia (28) in the seventh inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland’s baseball franchise made its name change official on Friday.

One year from the day team owner Paul Dolan said the organization would be engaging with Native American leaders and key stakeholders to determine an inclusive name for the club, Cleveland announced it has chosen to be known as the Guardians.

The name goes into effect after the 2021 season.

The franchise has been known as the Indians since 1915.

Dolan said more than 1,000 names were under consideration, including the Spiders, which is a nod to the team’s history. Cleveland’s pro baseball team from 1887 to 1899 was known as the Spiders.

Cleveland shared the new logo as part of the announcement Friday. The team moved away from the controversial Chief Wahoo logo in 2018.

–Field Level Media