On Friday, the Cleveland Indians announced on Twitter that they have a new name, and they would be known as The Guardians. It’s been a long journey from 1915 as Indians but the franchise knows that it’s time for change and the Guardians are ready to move forward with the same colors but a different name. Tom Hanks, narrated the name change in a video with music by The Black Keys.
On Friday afternoon, there will be a press briefing at the Progressive Field and the change in name will be officially announced. Paul Dolan, team owner in a press release explained the name change. He said that Cleveland has been and will always be the most important part of the team’s identity.
He added that they wanted to choose a name that exemplified the “pride,” “resiliency” and “loyalty” of Clevelanders and that why they selected The Guardians. The name also resonated with the Guardians of Traffic outside the ball ballpark located on the Hope Memorial Bridge.
He mentioned that although Indians would always remain a part of the baseball team, their new name would identify with their fans and the city as all of them are Guardians of Cleveland.
Although their name has changed, some things will remain the same or will be similar.
- The team colors will stay the same as before
- The style of the script on the uniforms will remain similar to what it has been from three quarters of a century
- The road uniforms will keep the name Cleveland and the home uniforms will have the Guardians script
The new Diamond C will be the new logo and it will be an evolution of the Block C and would respect the tradition and heritage of Cleveland Baseball, while the G is inspired by the helmets and wings on the Guardian statues on Hope Memorial. The G is designed to wrap around and guard the baseball while the split finger pays tribute to Cleveland’s strong pitching heritage. The new team name and look will debut in 2022 and strive to unite and inspire the team and the state.