Cleveland’s baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team, known as the Indians since 1915, will be called Guardians.

The ball club announced the name change on Friday with a video on Twitter narrated by actor Tom Hanks, and put an end to months of internal discussions sparked by a national settlement of institutions and teams, logos and names considered racist to drop.

The choice of the Guardians will undoubtedly be criticized by many of the club’s die-hard fans.

The organization spent most of the past year compiling a list of potential names that stood at nearly 1,200 a little over a month ago. But the process quickly accelerated and the club ended up on Guardians.

Team owner Paul Dolan said last summer’s social unrest sparked by the Minneapolis assassination of George Floyd spurred his intention to change the name of the ball club.

In 2018, the Indians no longer wore the controversial Chief Wahoo logo on their jerseys and hats. However, the team continues to sell merchandise bearing the smiling, red-faced cartoon that has been protested by Indian groups for decades.

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