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CLEVELAND, OHIO - JULY 22: Jose Ramirez #11 and Oscar Mercado #35 celebrate with Franmil Reyes #32 of the Cleveland Indians after all scored on a homer by Reyes during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field on July 22, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In the US, corporations are reevaluating their racist caricatures and stereotypical names as part of a larger cultural change. With times changing and the baseball team The Cleveland Indians have officially unveiled their new team name: the Cleveland Guardians.

The team made the announcement Friday morning, with a promotional video narrated by actor Tom Hanks. The new name is inspired by the ‘Guardians of Traffic’ sculptures that line the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge. It was chosen from a list of more than 1,200 potential names. The Cleveland club will retain its colors and there will be a news conference at 2 p.m. ET to detail the name change.

The team announced back in December that it would change its name after this season. They will officially become the Guardians next year.

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