For the first time since 1915, Cleveland’s professional baseball team will go by a name other than the “Indians.”
Citing concerns over offending members of Native American and indigenous peoples, the team announced in December that they’d be choosing a new name.
On Thursday, it was announced that the team has narrowed the possible name choices down to a final list after months of research and conversations with fans, and is now going through a vetting process due to legal purposes before making a final decision.
“We’ve engaged our fans and community on many aspects of our team name process,” said Curtis Danburg, the team’s vice president of communications and community impact. “We felt it was important to share our research journey and what we’ve learned so far.”
Indians CEO and part-owner Paul Dolan discussed the process in April while on WAKR radio, and mentioned that the name change could occur before the 2022 season.
“We went through the process and made the decision