Cleveland Indians Team Announces New Name

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (59), right, reacts beside first baseman Carlos Santana (41) during a pitching change at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, Sep 30, 2020. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Indians baseball team announced on Friday that the team will be renamed the Cleveland Guardians.

The new name will be used after the completion of the 2021 season. “Guardians” refers to the “Guardians of Traffic” Art Deco statues that have stood on Cleveland’s Lorain-Carnegie Bridge since 1932.

The name “Guardians” “brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family,” team owner Paul Dolan said in a statement. “While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”

The team said in December 2020 that it would change the name. Critics have for years contended that the name is racist.

In 2018, the Indians removed the Chief Wahoo logo from players’ jerseys and caps, although the team has continued to sell merchandise with the logo.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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