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Cleveland’s MLB Team Officially Announces Changes to Nickname

The Cleveland Indians are now the Guardians.

The name Guardians is a reference to well-known Art Deco statues located on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga River and connects downtown Cleveland to the city’s trendy Ohio City neighborhood. Those statues are known as the “Guardians of Traffic.”

The franchise had faced pressure from national and local activists to change the name “Indians,” which was deemed to be racist. It had been the baseball club’s name since 1915.

On their website, the team has created a page that displays the Guardians’ new logos and explains the reasons the new name was selected.

“We heard this name often from our fans as a top contender because of it’s connection to the iconic Cleveland landmark – The Hope Memorial Bridge that stands just outside of our ballpark where the Guardians of Traffic have become a symbol of the city’s resiliency,” the team wrote on their website.

The team said the name was selected after 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders and front office personnel, as well as surveys conducted with more than 40,000 fans.

MLB.com reported the change will happen for next season.

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