Cleveland Indians Give Update On Franchise Nickname Change

The Cleveland Indians will remain the Indians for the time being, but eventually they will get rid of the nickname and a new nickname for the longtime MLB franchise will come into play.

Cleveland’s baseball franchise has been known as the “Indians” since 1915. They have won two World Series, in 1920 and 1948. Since then, they have had the longest championship drought of all major league teams.

They had a shot in 2016 when they took on another team that had a drought winning a title, the National League’s Chicago Cubs.

The two teams played a classic seven-game affair that ended up going into extra innings in the rain at Progressive Field in Cleveland before Chicago scored two in the 10th inning to take home an 8-7 win and a title.

Cleveland since then has had some chances, but overall haven’t gotten back to the Series. The rumblings of changing their name has done nothing but grow, and last summer the franchise officially announced that the nickname “Indians” would be done away with for something else.

Not much else had been said about the name change until Thursday, when the club released a statement giving some highlights of what has been going on with the search for a new name:

We talked with some of Cleveland’s top movers and shakers about how they would define Cleveland, what it means to be a Clevelander, and how they would describe Cleveland sports fans.

These types of discussions are just one part of the process we’re taking to develop a new name. See more videos of our conversations with fans and community members on our updated team name site (

We’ve also included an overview of the step-by-step process that we’re taking to determine a new name and develop a new brand.

If you’re interested in receiving team name updates moving forward, please sign up here.

#Indians release some research findings in process to change name. Following group discussions, team said new name must “connect” with the city, “preserve” history and “unite” community.

Right now there’s “no timeline for name change,” but it sounds more and more like something will be decided upon sooner rather than later.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. * CLEVELAND BURNERS as an homage to the conflagrated CUYAHOGA RIVER from days of yore

    * Lake Dwellers?

    * RiverDawgs (VERY minor league but they wanna change the name, right?)?

    *BurningRiverDawgs? Also, DAWGS pays homage to the Browns’ DAWG POUND (unless the Browns have some sort of copyright on the name Dawgs? Probably not likely since doesn’t U of Georgia use DAWGS, too?)

    * CLEVELAND BARONS as tribute to the city’s defunct NHL club?

    I could also suggest changing the locale identifier from ‘Cleveland’ to ‘OHIO CITY’ to truly shake up the brand i.e. The OHIO CITY BARONS/LAKE DWELLERS/BURNERS // But the Jake isn’t located in the Ohio City neighborhood, so that would possibly alienate folks who don’t live in O.C. // Just a thought…😎

  2. I’ve been an Indians fan since the 70’s when they had Buddy Bell, Charlie Spikes, Chris Chambliss, Frank Duffy, Gaylord Perry, etc. My pro sports watching is already on life support and I barely pay attention to the Tribe. If they take away my Indians, that’ll be it.

  3. This being dragged out so long, with the endless consulting of stakeholders, has all the hallmarks of the Rams uniform change debacle, which ended after 3 years with the horrible dishwater uniforms. Just watch, the new name will be something meaningless and stupid that only sounds good in a boardroom, like Thunder or Predators.

  4. If you wonder who will be involved in the final decision, you may want to watch the teams videos with “Local Influencers” and “Young Professionals”. This woke PR campaign is alive and well in Cleveland. I’m not buying any of the BS this organization puts out.

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