On Thursday, the Cleveland Indians released a statement that said they are ready to discuss a name change.
“We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues, the recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice.”
“With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name.”
A day later, Indians manager Terry Francona said “I think it’s time to move forward.”
“I know that we’re never trying to be disrespectful. But I don’t think that’s a good enough answer today. I think it’s time to move forward.”#Indians Manager Terry Francona's full answer on the team's name: pic.twitter.com/6I7XX3oA5d
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) July 5, 2020
This got us to thinking. If the Indians do change their team name, what should it be? Here are 5 options.
Cleveland was previously known as the Spiders in the 1800s.
Get it? Cleveland Rocks!!!
In honor of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which is located in Downtown Cleveland.
In reference to the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
— ℤ𝕒𝕔 𝕊𝕥𝕖𝕨𝕒𝕣𝕥 (@zacstewart22) July 4, 2020