It’s official: The Cleveland Indians will become the Cleveland Guardians.
The announcement was made Friday, and people on Twitter had some opinions.
For some background, the name change process began in June 2020, after the team went through a process of learning how the team name “Indians” impacted different constituencies and how it intersected with the team’s values, according to team’s website.
In picking the name, the team compiled 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders and front office personnel, surveyed 40,000 and conducted 100+ hours of brainstorming sessions, among other things.
In the end, they landed on the Guardians, and explained what it means to them: “To protect, to keep watch, to defend. For Clevelanders, this is a way of life. We fight together for what we believe in. And if we get knocked down, we pick each other right back up and keep fighting. We’re resilient, hard working and loyal -- to this city and to each other. That’s what it means to be Cleveland Guardians.”
People took to Twitter to give their opinion.
Congratulations #ClevelandGuardians! This change was long over due. The update is just and the logo is beautiful! Looks like it’s been around for 100 yrs! Onward and upward @MLB! pic.twitter.com/XddfZd92nQ— AntiracistAPUSH (@AntiracistApush) July 23, 2021
I’m more disappointed in the font & logo,than the name itself. Looks like they called up a graphic designer from AA.The similarities in aesthetic to our former name highlights what’s been removed,versus a new rebrand. #ClevelandGuardians #ClevelandIndians #ClevelandPlainDealer pic.twitter.com/DepgN2Px9o— Comics Fan (@batcollector_89) July 23, 2021
I’ve loved my city’s baseball team since childhood, and now I’m stoked to be able to support their new logos and name on merch. Thank you, CLE, for finally doing the right thing. ⚾️ #ClevelandGuardians pic.twitter.com/6g5YmUOBQW— ♀michaela, usually. (@michaelawaffles) July 23, 2021