Entertainment Sports Cleveland Indians Announce They'll Change Name to Guardians The MLB team initially revealed plans to change their name back in December 2020 after years of criticism By Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble Lindsay Kimble is a Senior Digital News Editor and the Sports Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She's worked at PEOPLE for over seven years as a writer, reporter and editor across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Super Bowl to the Met Gala. She's been nominated for the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30, and previously wrote for Us Weekly while on staff at Wenner Media. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 23, 2021 10:10 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Say hello to the Cleveland Guardians. A few months after announcing that they would change their team name from the Indians, which has been criticized for being racist, the Cleveland MLB team confirmed their new moniker on Friday. The Ohio team announced the news in a video featuring Tom Hanks and the Black Keys, which was shared on their social media account. Guardians references statues on the city's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge which have been called the "Guardians of Traffic." MLB's Cleveland Indians Will Change Team Name After 105 Years Back in December, Cleveland announced that after 105 years they would change from their previous name. "In our statement in June 2020, we acknowledged the importance of taking a leadership role in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the community and enhancing our support for underserved and under-represented groups," the team said in a statement at the time. "As part of that commitment, we heard from individuals and groups who shared a variety of views and opinions on the issue. We are deeply grateful for the interest and engagement from Native American communities, civic leaders, leading researchers, fans, corporate partners, players, and internal teammates devoted to these formal and informal conversations." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The official name change to the Guardians comes after the Cleveland team removed the Chief Wahoo logo from game jerseys and caps two years ago. The league said that the logo, which features a smiling Native American, is not appropriate for field use. Cleveland initially announced that it would explore a new identity just hours after the NFL's Washington Football Team announced a similar move in July 2020. Similar to the Washington team, Cleveland has faced pressure for years to change its name.