In December, the franchise said it will discuss with stakeholders and the group to find out whether or not it will change the identify. A yr prior, it stopped utilizing the Chief Wahoo mascot, a Native American caricature, after longstanding criticism.

Baseball’s different group with a Native American identify, the Atlanta Braves, has resisted altering its identify. 

Cleveland’s new identify is impressed by the statues on the town’s Hope Memorial Bridge which can be often called Guardians of Site visitors, according to the team’s website. The group says the ‘G’ brand “purposefully wraps round and protects the baseball — guarding all the pieces that makes this recreation nice,” including that it is usually “a nod to the split-finger fastball — a tribute to our sturdy pitching heritage.”

—Bloomberg Information with contributions from Advert Age