CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Cleveland Indians are now the Cleveland Guardians.
The baseball club announced the team’s new name Friday with a video highlighting the history of Cleveland Friday.
The organization announced in December that it would be changing the name for the first time since 1915 after years of controversy and recent pressure from Major League Baseball.
Over the last several months, the Indians met with fans and community leaders, resulting in a list of nearly 1,200 potential names.
The club said it has three main themes for a new name: preserving Cleveland baseball history, uniting the community and connecting to the city of Cleveland.
Among the name options trending on social media are the Guardians, which is a nod to the statues along the Hope Memorial Bridge, and the Spiders, a throwback to the club’s name from the 1890s.