Clevelands Indians Announce Name Change with Help from Tom Hanks

The time has come to say goodbye to the Cleveland Indians.

The team isn’t folding, nor are they moving to some far-off city at the behest of a corporate merger. ┬áNo, the Cleveland MLB team has seen the writing on the wall as it pertains to their name, and are moving away from the racially-charged branding.

And, given just how massive a maneuver this was, the team found it prudent to hire Tom Hanks, of all people, to announce it to the world.

The move was coming along quickly, but wouldn’t be official until after the 2021 season.

Cleveland launched a section on its official website dedicated to the new name. Team owner Paul Dolan wrote in a letter to fans the “Indians will always be part of our history just as Cleveland has always been the most important part of our identity.”

“In searching for a new brand, we sought a name that strongly reflects the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders. Guardians embodies those defining attributes while drawing upon the iconic Guardians of Traffic proudly standing just outside Progressive Field on the Hope Memorial Bridge,” Dolan wrote. “It brings to life the pride of Clevelanders take in our city and the way we stand for each other while defending our Cleveland process.”

New logos were soon flooding the internet as well.

Now the sporting world will be looking to the Washington Football Team to complete their transition to a new moniker, after the racially-charged “Redskins” was retired following years of complaints.