(The Cleveland Guardians) Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced that following the conclusion of the 2021 season, the organization will transition to the new name of Cleveland Guardians. The Guardians will be the fifth name in franchise history joining the Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-1914) and Indians (1915-2021).

“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” Team Owner and Chairman Paul Dolan said. “Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders. ‘Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.” 

While the name will be new, there will be elements of continuity in the new marks and logos. The continuity we chose to incorporate was important to our fans and ties our past to our future:

 

CONTINUITY

  • COLORS REMAIN: Our team colors will remain the same scheme that has been part of our organization for more than 80 years to honor our rich baseball heritage as well as the tradition of baseball as America’s pastime
  • SCRIPT WORDMARK RETURNS: The new Guardians wordmark will have a familiar script style of the last 75 years while evoking the structural architecture of the Hope Memorial Bridge, mimicking the trusses of the bridge’s underside
  • HOME/ROAD UNIFORMS: The Club will continue to wear CLEVELAND on the road uniforms, featuring our Bridge Print alphabet derived from the Diamond C, and the Guardians script wordmark on the home uniforms

EVOLUTION

  • ‘C’ EVOLUTION: Our new “Diamond C” will be an evolution of the Block C and respects the tradition and heritage of Cleveland Baseball. The new C stands tall – just as the Guardians of Traffic stand watch over our ballpark and city – and draws from the ascending diamond motifs at the top of each Guardian pylon. The weight of the C is bold and its tapered shape is inspired by letterforms from the 1920 and 1948 World Series clubs
  • NEW LOGOMARK: The Guardian’s Fastball embodies what it means to be a Cleveland Guardian in its strong, yet simple design. It is inspired by the helmets and wings of the Hope Memorial Bridge’s Guardian statues and the G purposefully wraps around and guards the baseball. The split-finger design is a tribute to our strong pitching heritage

The name change process started in June 2020 with a statement acknowledging the importance of taking a leadership role in uniting our community. We conducted an extensive multi-phase process to learn how the team name “Indians” impacted different constituencies and how it intersected with our organizational values.

“Since the announcement to change the name in December, our team has been hard at work to ensure we pick a name that our community, fans, partners, employees and players will be proud to have represent Cleveland Baseball,” President of Business Operations Brian Barren said. “Through our research and discussions, we identified a few key themes that were most important to fans – connect to the city of Cleveland, honor our rich baseball history and unite our community – and we believe Guardians upholds all three of those pillars.”

Through the ideation and research phase, we:

  • Compiled 140 hours of interviews with fans, community leaders and front office personnel
  • Surveyed 40,000 fans
  • Had 4,000 fans sign up to participate in research via team name website
  • Conducted 100+ hours of teammate brainstorming sessions
  • Generated 1,198 name options which were narrowed down through 14 rounds of vetting

More information regarding our research and ideation process can be found at www.MLB.com/CLETeamName.

President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti said, “This is a historic moment for our franchise, and we are excited for our players and staff to debut our new team name and look in 2022. We look forward to our team proudly representing the city of Cleveland as the Guardians. Our club will strive to unite and inspire our entire community.”

The club will finish the 2021 season as the Cleveland Indians and will look to launch as the Cleveland Guardians at the conclusion of the season.

This week, how the same voice technology that powers your interactions with Siri and Alexa, also allows marketers to gather data about you like your age, weight, birth control use, and more.

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The All-American Soap Box Derby is back this week, and the Akron Marathon returns next month. Akron, like many other towns large and small, is slowly but surely returning to normal.

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Delayed a year and without spectators, the 2020 Toyko Olympics are indeed happening in 2021. That year off is very trying for the athletes trying to stay in peak performance.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021 09:44

Bases & Balls with Jim Rosenhaus - 7/21/2021

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Time now for Bases & Balls, a weekly segment with WAKR's Ray Horner and Tribe broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus!

Rosey and Ray looked at the grueling road trip the Indians had to start the second half, Daniel Johnson's impact, the timetable when fans can see Shane Bieber and Aaron Civale pitch again, and if the team will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

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Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:49

Akron Bank Robber Caught on Camera

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Akron Police detectives are looking for the man who walked into the Chase Bank on Arlington in the city Tuesday morning, handed the teller a note demanding money, and then walked out with cash.

The suspect was caught on camera (pictured), wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, and a black face mask. He drove away in a maroon over silver colored Ford F-150.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip, the Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS or text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637. Callers can remain anonymous. 
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Hey Bobby! - 7/21/2021

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Time now for Hey Bobby!, a weekly Cleveland Indians segment with VP Bob DiBiasio and WAKR's Ray Horner.

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Monday, 19 July 2021 11:27

Three More Homicides in Akron Over the Weekend

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Akron Police are investigating three homicides in the city over the past weekend.
 
According to the report, officers responded to the 800 block of North Main Street at about 2:45 Saturday morning where they found the first victim in the driveway with multiple gunshot wounds. The 27-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene.
 
Then about 9 o'clock Sunday night a 23-year-old man was shot at the Hawkins Plaza, taken to Akron General where he died an hour later.
 
Then, someone was shot in the 400 block of West Thornton Street before midnight. The third victim died about a half hour later.
 
Police have not identified any suspects in any of the most recent homicides in Akron. 
 
Per the most recent information from the Summit County Medical Examiner's office, that is 32 homicides in the city so far in 2021. 
 
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