Are the Cleveland Indians changing their name?
The Cleveland Guardians name will officially be adopted starting next season. (CNN) The Cleveland Indians are changing their name next season to the Cleveland Guardians, the Major League Baseball club announced Friday morning, after the old moniker drew criticism for decades from Native Americans. CNNCleveland Indians changing name to Cleveland Guardians
"Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace," Trump said in a statement Friday.
"And I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country," Trump added.
The former president later added that "a small group of people" is "forcing" changes onto the country to "destroy our heritage and culture."
The Major League Baseball team announced its decision Friday morning with a video narrated by Tom Hanks.
"There's always been Cleveland. That's the best part of our name," Hanks said in the video.
Trump has long blasted professional sports teams for shedding names criticized as racist.
Last year, Trump slammed the Cleveland baseball team and the Washington Football Team for pushing to change their names in order to drop Native American monikers, accusing the franchises of attempting "to be politically correct."
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23 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
Cleveland, is ‘Guardians’ really the best you can do? The baseball team’s ‘Indians’ replacement is boring
23 July, 2021 - 02:01pm
The team has been on the verge of a switch for years. Their longstanding Chief Wahoo moniker was caricature with a capital C — and not not necessarily the flattering sort — and as for “Indians,” well, most things are now bad, and that has been bad for a while.
The term Guardians refers not to a newspaper in England, but rather to two Art-Deco statues that adorn the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, something that no one who is not from Cleveland will have the foggiest notion about.
But putting the politics of offensiveness and the specifics of local landmarks aside, is this is a good name? Because I think it’s pretty clear that it’s ineffectual, awkward, namby-pamby. It’s the sort of name that people come up with when a lot of people get together and pitch. What ultimately happens — and happens now more than ever — is they ultimately go with the safest thing in the room. Whether that’s a name, as in this case, or a publisher takes the safest book. The TV studio backs the safest pilot. And a culture dies on the vine.
You might say at least the people in charge gave them a new name, contrary to the still-undecided Washington Football Club. But I almost prefer the latter.
Whenever we attempt to play it safe, and play not to lose, inevitably we do just that. Were it possible to simultaneously fall on our faces and backsides, we’d complete that particular tricky mission. The need not to offend means that we produce so much dreck. I’ll take it further: so much work, product, entertainment — there’s hardly art anymore — that just flat out sucks.
When we think of baseball, you think of balls, and I think of a different sort. Not related to gender or sex, or whatever the term I am supposed to be using is, but rather, metaphorical balls. That’s when you go for it. A quarterback would call this, “slinging it.” You play to win, not just to avoid outcry.
Risk is not verboten. Think about your husband, your wife, your partner. How did you land he/she/them? Were you a coward about it? No. Maybe not immediately, but eventually, you opened yourself up, you took that chance. It might not have worked. But it did, and you love them, and you wouldn’t have gone back and done it any other way, even if you were scared at the time.
The team is the same team, and who knows how much monikers really matter, but I suspect this is a name that will drive some fans away. It’s daft. It also has the ring of one of those Hall of Justice cartoons from the 1970s when Superman takes on Black Manta.
A name isn’t the biggest thing in the world, but ideally you want your hometown team called something that rolls off the tongue, both when you’re pumped that your squad won, or when you wish to curse them out. In a benign way. Because it is only sports.
Let the Guardians be a lesson to us all. Sling it. Let it rip. Be a decider. There’s a lot more than logos at stake.
23 July, 2021 - 12:38pm
The franchise announced Friday it was shifting from the Indians to the Guardians, marking the the first time in more than 100 years that the Ohio team has chosen a new identity.
"Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country," Trump said in a statement.
The former president continued, "Wouldn't it be an honor to have a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn't it be disrespectful to rip that name and logo off of those jerseys?"
Friday's announcement brought an end to months of internal deliberations about changing the franchise name—a decision team owner and chairman Paul Dolan said was spurred by discussions and meetings with groups, including Native Americans, who deemed the name racist and offensive.
Dolan told the Associated Press in December that "the name is no longer acceptable in our world."
The baseball club said Friday that the deliberations included surveying 40,000 fans and 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders and front-office personnel.
The team also announced a new logo featuring a baseball and the letter "G" for Guardians but will keep the same colors as before.
"In searching for a new brand, we sought a name that strongly reflects the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders. Guardians embodies those defining attributes while drawing upon the iconic Guardians of Traffic proudly standing just outside Progressive Field on the Hope Memorial Bridge," Dolan wrote in a letter on Friday. "It brings to life the pride of Clevelanders take in our city and the way we stand for each other while defending our Cleveland baseball family."
Trump added in his statement Friday: "The people of Cleveland cannot be thrilled and I, as a FORMER baseball fan, cannot believe things such as this are happening. A small group of people, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people will not take it anymore!"
Fans reacted to the decision on social media, some praising the team for respectfully rebranding and others criticizing them for the change.
"I'm so sick of watching everyone cave to this crybaby generation," former MLB player Aubrey Huff wrote on Twitter. "So disgraceful @Indians. This isn't woke....it's a lack of balls. No fight in anyone anymore! Sad."
Dan Spehler of WXIN News in Indiana said the team's name change ushers in a "new era."
"For as long as I can remember, I've been an @Indians baseball fan, and starting next year I'll be a #ClevelandGuardians fan. My team now & always," Spehler wrote.
Updated 07/23/2021, 2:12 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with additional material.
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