The team's name refers to Guardians of Traffic, eight monolithic 1932 art deco sculptures by Henry Hering on the city's Hope Memorial Bridge, which is located next to Progressive Field. The team's mascot is called Slider. The team's spring training center is located at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Cleveland baseball fans are preparing for the Guardians.
That is the name that will replace the Indians next season. It comes from the Traffic Wardens sculptures on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge, not far from Progressive Field. Sundance, the director of Cleveland AIM, said in the article that in 1972, Cleveland AIM filed a lawsuit against the team for slander and defamation, but that it was unsuccessful. However, there was a legal inconvenience along the way, as a local roller derby team called Cleveland Guardians filed a lawsuit against the team alleging trademark infringement.
Cleveland's name change comes as the Washington football team continues to work towards a similar makeover. After more than 100 years, Cleveland's major league baseball team is renamed Guardians. There was significant momentum for the Cleveland Spiders, which was the franchise's initial name in the 1890s. The name change, which has supporters and critics among Cleveland's fanbase, ends months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning for institutions and teams to drop logos and names considered racist.
When the Cleveland Naps became the Cleveland Indians, it was believed that the name change would be temporary. It has sometimes been a difficult path to change the name of Cleveland's major league baseball team, which has been known as the Indians since 1915.So how did we get here? This is a timeline of important dates, as the team changed their name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians. During the year, one of Philadelphia Athletics' star talents, Nap Lajoie, was traded to Cleveland and immediately became a fan favorite. It was a cartoon drawing of a Native American who was eventually renamed Chief Wahoo after some alterations.
Francona, who is in his ninth season as leader on the Cleveland field, planned to show the video to his players ahead of Friday's game. The team wanted to find a name that suited Cleveland's community and history, and after a year-long process that included surveys and interviews with fans, area leaders and members of the main office, the team chose Guardians, a name inspired by eight huge art-deco statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge near the stadium. There is also an XFL team called The New York Guardians and a Cleveland roller derby team called The Guardians. However, it remained for more than a century amid calls for a change due to the racial connotation with the term.