In December, the franchise said it would talk with stakeholders and the community to determine whether it would change the name. A year prior, it stopped using the Chief Wahoo mascot, a Native American caricature, after longstanding criticism.
Baseball’s other team with a Native American name, the Atlanta Braves, has resisted altering its name.
Cleveland's new name is inspired by the statues on the city's Hope Memorial Bridge that are known as Guardians of Traffic, according to the team's website. The team says the 'G' logo "purposefully wraps around and protects the baseball — guarding everything that makes this game great," adding that it is also "a nod to the split-finger fastball — a tribute to our strong pitching heritage."
—Bloomberg News with contributions from Ad Age