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Here are the best reactions to news that the Indians are changing the team name to the Cleveland Guardians

FILE - This Nov. 8, 2013, file photo shows Cleveland's skyline (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
FILE - This Nov. 8, 2013, file photo shows Cleveland's skyline (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)(AP)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 10:40 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - There will soon be a changing of the “Guard” in Cleveland.

Following the end of the 2021 season, the Cleveland Indians announced on Friday in a video narrated by Tom Hanks that the organization will change the team name to the Cleveland Guardians.

“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.”

Months of discussions to change the name were triggered by complaints that the name “Indians” could be considered racist.

The name change triggered mixed reactions from baseball fans and celebrities on social media.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered a question during Friday’s briefing about the name change announcement.

Guardians was selected to represent the “Guardians of Traffic” seen on each side of Cleveland’s Hope Memorial Bridge.

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