The Cleveland Indians will change their name and brand identity after the 2021 season, after which they will be known as the Cleveland Guardians.
The team says that the new name was reached after sifting through 1,198 name options and over 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders and front office personnel. Over 40,000 fans were surveyed.
It also engaged a number of representatives of the Native American community, "including local and national organizations, leading researchers, and individuals willing to share their personal stories."
In addition to the new name and team logo, the team will also replace the "Block C" on its caps and uniforms with what it calls a "Diamond C," an evolution that "respects the tradition and heritage of Cleveland Baseball."
"Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity," said team owner and chairman Paul Dolan. “While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”