The ballclub introduced the name change Friday with a video on Twitter narrated by actor Tom Hanks, ending months of inside discussions triggered by a nationwide reckoning by establishments and groups to completely drop logos and names thought of racist.
The selection of Guardians will undoubtedly be criticized by lots of the membership’s die-hard followers.
The group spent many of the previous yr whittling down an inventory of potential names that was at almost 1,200 simply over a month in the past. However the course of shortly accelerated and the membership landed on Guardians.
Team proprietor Paul Dolan mentioned final summer time’s social unrest, touched off by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, spurred his intention to change the ballclub’s name.
In 2018, the Indians stopped carrying the contentious Chief Wahoo brand on their jerseys and caps. Nonetheless, the team continues to promote merchandise bearing the smiling, red-faced caricature that was protested for many years by Native American teams.