After 105 years of taking the diamond, the Cleveland Indians have officially been canceled. The MLB team will still be around, but they will no longer be known as the “Indians.”
The Major League franchise is expected to announce the move in the coming days and follows the Washington Football team’s decision to stop using the “Redskins” name before the NFL season.
Cleveland has not indicated what the new team name may be or when the official change will take place. There are reports they may still play this season as the “Indians” before rolling out their new identity for the 2022 season.
Cleveland has a long storied history in Major League baseball, and Donald Trump weighed in on the team’s expected announcement, saying “Oh no! What is going on? This is not good news, even for “Indians.” Cancel culture at work!”
The team had already somewhat begun to transition away from its Indians identity when they began phasing out their Chief Wahoo mascot in the last couple of seasons.
As for other teams with Native American names—the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks—have all indicated that they have no plans to change their names at this time.
As for possibilities for the new Cleveland name, the Spiders, Guardians and Wild Things are among the early favorites. I think we all know which one Charlie Sheen would vote for.