The Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball are going away.
The organization is changing the name of the team to the Cleveland Guardians at the end of the 2021 season.
The news comes after the team announced last summer it would consider a name change about the same time the Washington Football Team in the NFL changed it name.
The Cleveland Guardians conducted 140 hours of interviews with numerous people including fans and members of the community, before deciding on the new name.
The name change comes after the team went by the Indians nickname for more than 100 years.
FILE – In this Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Indians president Paul Dolan speaks before a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Cleveland. Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians. The ballclub announced the name change Friday, July 23, 2021, with a video on Twitter narrated by actor Tom Hanks, ending months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning by institutions and teams to permanently drop logos and names considered racist. Dolan said last summer’s social unrest, touched off by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, spurred his intention to change the ballclub’s name. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)
July 23rd 2021