The Cleveland Indians has released official confirmation of their plans to change the name of the organization. It’s no secret that the team name has been under much criticism due to it’s racially insensitive legacy. There has been years of pressure from Native American organizations pressing for a name change. The franchise has played under the Cleveland Indians moniker since 1915.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Team Owner Paul Dolan said: “The name is no longer acceptable in our world.”
The following statement was issued today, which confirms the plans to make that change.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) December 14, 2020
The franchise originated as the Grand Rapids Rustlers a minor league team in the Western League in 1894 and went on to relocate to Cleveland in 1900 under the name Cleveland Lake Shores. Other names have included Cleveland Bluebirds in 1901, Cleveland Broncos in 1902, and the Cleveland Naps from 1903–1914.
The announcement did not include any information about the new name and if the franchise will return to a former name or change to something new.
The team will play as the Indians through the 2021 season.