The “Cleveland Indians” name that lasted more than 105 years is no more. Taking a new name for the first time since 1915, the storied franchise is now “The Cleveland Guardians.”
The organization announced its new moniker on Friday morning.
Together, we are all… pic.twitter.com/R5FnT4kv1I
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 23, 2021
The “Guardians” name was selected in reference to the “Guardians of Traffic” — the giant figures carved into the pillars on either end of the Cleveland Bridge. While this new name has a meaningful connection with the city, plenty of Cleveland fans were upset with the decision.
Before today’s announcement, one other potential name was a clear fan-favorite: “The Cleveland Spiders.”
Cleveland’s professional baseball team operated under the “Spiders” name from 1887-1899 — and many fans hoped the franchise would make a return to that retro brand.
They could have brought back The Cleveland Spiders, and they completely flubbed the opportunity. pic.twitter.com/UpvjDKSRKD
— Gumpy (@CamGumpy) July 23, 2021
Such a missed opportunity to become the Cleveland Spiders pic.twitter.com/37krn241cM
— Zeke Porta (@ZekePorta) July 23, 2021
The rumors are floating around that tomorrow the Indians will be renamed the Cleveland Guardians. The dream is dead. RIP Cleveland Spiders. pic.twitter.com/fdrXNem6he
— Kyle Ashton (@beefdaddy4) July 22, 2021
If it’s not the Cleveland Spiders, Cleveland doesn’t deserve a baseball team https://t.co/2v77YoupLe
— Donnie Costello™️ (@Keith_Martinez7) July 23, 2021
Anything but the Cleveland spiders will be a failure
— oooo (@dressedasgoblin) July 23, 2021
“cleveland guardians” is simply terrible. going old-school with “cleveland spiders” would have been way better
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 23, 2021
I was hoping the Cleveland Spiders nickname would make a comeback.
— Mike (@BurghFinsFan2) July 23, 2021
For years, the team’s former Indians name and mascot had drawn major criticism for its offensive perpetuation of Native American stereotypes. The franchise removed its cartoon “Chief Wahoo” mascot from its uniforms in 2019 — instead defaulting to a simple block-letter C.
Here are the logos for the new Guardian name:
The Cleveland Indians have introduced their new team name:
The Cleveland Guardians ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/FOSiwivEAa
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) July 23, 2021
While the fan reaction to this new name may not be overwhelmingly positive right now, maybe “The Guardians” will grow on Cleveland with time.
But for now, we’ll mourn the loss of a potential “Spiders” return.