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Cleveland Renames MLB Team ‘The Guardians’ to ‘Unite the Community’

Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team changed their name Friday for the first time since 1915: Saying goodbye to ‘The Indians’ and hello to ‘The Guardians.’

The decision was announced in a Twitter video voiced by actor Tom Hanks.

“We are a city on the rise. Forging into the future from our ironed out past. We are a city of fire and water, trees and towers. Built through generations of blue collars and the brightest scholars,” said Hanks.

“We set our sights on tomorrow. This is our team. A team that’s seen its own progress and prosperity… Moments that span years. Moments that broke barriers and hearts… There’s always been Cleveland, that’s the best part of our name. Now it’s time to unite as one family,” states the Oscar-winning actor. “We are loyal and proud and resilient, we protect what we’ve earned… Together we are all Cleveland Guardians.”

“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” team owner and chairman Paul Dolan said in a news release. “Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.”

“’Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge,” Dolan told reporters. “It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family.

The First Native American Cabinet Member hailed the decision as “necessary.”

“I am glad to see that the Cleveland baseball team is finally changing its name. The long practice of using Native American mascots and imagery in sports team has been harmful to Indigenous communities,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland posted on Twitter.


“It is a major step towards righting the wrongs committed against Native peoples, and is one step towards justice,” added Crystal Echo Hawk, founder and executive director of IllumiNative.

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17 responses to “Cleveland Renames MLB Team ‘The Guardians’ to ‘Unite the Community’”

  1. Anpumesses says:

    I wouldve renamed them the Cleveland Steamers

  2. Wolv256 says:

    Cleveland Queerbaits

  3. Skynet0225 says:

    Finally! It’s about time that the Indians dropped this outrage against the not-really-the-first-people here in the western hemisphere. The ones currently known as Native Americans actually killed the people they found living here when they arrived. But I digress. Frankly, I won’t rest until ALL Native American references have been expunged from the public square. They also need to ditch the commonly accepted names for the various tribes like the “Sioux” in favor of actual Native terms. This applies to monuments, rivers, mountains, ANYTHING at all that references Native Americans. It will be a fine day once the Progressives have fully purged Native American references from the public sphere and from public consciousness.

    Yes, my comment is sarcasm mixed with contempt. The day the Left succeeds in expunging Native references is the day they will cause you of being racist for being part of the purge they initiated.

  4. UppityG says:

    Guardians ad litem, rise up! We must fight this travesty NOW! Check the gofundme/Guardians ad litem against Cleveland Guardians brand appropriation.

    Just to twist the sjw titties, they should rename as the Cleveland Injuns.

  5. UppityG says:

    Why is it so many people just stood around and did not protest when the first person to call it “insulting” to name a team after a people (or animal or whatever) that the team ADMIRES for their prowess, gumption, intrepidity, and championship ambition and thus used the name as a signal to its supporters and competitors alike?

    If we don’t get back our fighting spirit such that the FIRST time some sjw political activist mob starts to just look at you, they learn instantly they’ve picked on the wrong guy, we’re just gonna be soibois on the sideline watching America be taken from us.

  6. UppityG says:

    Pardon my mini-rant there. lol

  7. UppityG says:

    Bingo. That’s how the word “retarded” became a slur, kids picked it up and started slinging it on their victims and enemies. The same with the word “idiot” which started out, like so many do, as a medical term, as in “idiot savant.” And what does the medical field do, or, for that matter, all the adults in the room, esp the parents of said children? *We* change the medical word to “autistic savant” instead of taking the word away from the children and insisting they not use the word as a insult. We have to go back to using that bar of soap on their filthy mouths because that’s a lesson that sticks.

    And when we don’t discipline our kids firmly from love, they turn out like Patrisse Cullors who proceeds to dream up a marxist shaped scam based on redefined words, with a monstrous assist from DeAngelo and Kendi, so now we have a bunch of trust fund babies wallowing in violent guilt destroying themsleves from the inside out and taking entire towns down with them.

  8. But, no one is “disrespecting” anyone’s culture with the name “Indian;” there is a 3rd opinion: not caring.

    NOT Respecting other cultures
    NOT Disrespecting other cultures fe

    Why should we assume we’re limited to these 2 options, ONLY?
    dual DOES
    It’s a question of WHO’S responsibility it is to feel (at all); and when an individual DOES “feel,” who’s responsibility is that?

    Doesn’t it make us weak if we EXPECT anything at all?

  9. It’s weird to me that anyone extrapolates so much “meaning” for a sport team’s mascot…

  10. Just imagine if I assumed I spoke for everyone on Timcast.

  11. Greatdane45828 says:

    I will always refer to this team as the Indians no one will change my mind on that. The start of the team and its place in Cleveland will always be a stable of ohio.

  12. Wolv256 says:

    Yeah, but how long until people start using the word “Guardians” in place of the word “retarded” because that’s retarded and then it will become offensive and then they’ll just have to change the name again?

  13. TheDarkworld says:

    Sometimes I agree with these changes and sometimes I don’t. If a team called the Chiefs changed their name, for instance, I don’t get that. Who is that word derogatory towards? Indians I get because Native Americans are definitively not Indians. I live in a city where our local team is called the Chiefs. They didn’t change the name but the mascot became a dalmatian. I mean, come on man. There’s no abuse there. Chief isn’t a naughty word!

  14. prcntm says:

    I agree with SCULL7. The way I’ve always seen it is as a way to respect the culture. In any competitive sport, you want your team name to represent something strong. The fact that these people thought the “Indians” [Native Americans] were strong enough to immortalize as their team name is amazing.

    If people are really just angry about the use of the name, “pay” for it. Donate money to Native American reserves. Create a museum specifically for Native American history. Preserve the culture you emulate, but don’t try to erase it all together.

  15. scull7 says:

    While these things may have started out with bad connotations. I have always seen these things as celebrations of Native American culture. instead of making these teams change their names, why not lean into the celebration and preservation of Native American culture? Is the idea to remove the culture from the public zeitgeist? I suppose if you want to oppress someone, it’s easier when they’re forgotten.

  16. Rock_N_R0b says:

    They will always be the Cleveland Indians …..