The Cleveland Indians are changing their name next season to the Cleveland Guardians…
The Major League Baseball club announced Friday morning, after the old name drew criticism for decades from Native Americans.
Tom Hanks narrated a video for the team posted to Twitter saying,
“You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name.
And now it’s time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team and this city.”
The move is seen as part of a cultural shift across (parts of) the US as corporate brands reexamine their use of racist caricatures and stereotypical names.
The team announced last year that it would be making a name change, joining the NFL’s Washington Football Team to say in 2020 that it was moving on from a name invoking Native Americans.
The choice of the name the Guardians is inspired by Cleveland’s architectural history. The Guardians of Traffic are the large art deco statues that adorn the Hope Memorial Bridge that connects the city’s west side with the east side.
Weird connection to baseball, except that it’s near the stadium, but OK.
The Cleveland club will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. ET to detail the change.
Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021