The Cleveland baseball team has a new identity. The club formerly known as the Indians will now be called the Guardians.
The Major League roster was announced on Friday morning. A video clip narrated by actor Tom Hanks has been published on the account Twitter from the team.
The club has been known as the Indians since 1915, 15 years after it was founded in 1900. The franchise made the decision to drop this title, considered by many to be racist, at the end of the current major baseball campaign.
Cleveland has spent the past year searching for a new identity. About a month ago, the organization revealed that it had drawn up a list of 1,200 potential names.
“Hearing First Nations stories and experiences, we understood deeply how these communities feel about the team’s name and its impact on them,” said owner Paul Dolan in a December statement.
“While the name ‘Indians’ will remain in our history forever, it is time to move forward and work to unite our stakeholders and supporters around a new name,” he added.
In 2016, Cleveland also changed their logo, as it was a caricature of a First Nations man. Dubbed “Chief Wahoo,” the symbol has been relegated to a secondary logo and is no longer actually in use.
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