CLEVELAND (NWN) – The Indians began removing the team’s scripted logo atop the giant scoreboard at Progressive Field on Tuesday as they changed their name to the Guardian.
The crew began removing letters, beginning with an “I” on the 80-foot-long sign. This is another step in the off-season transformation for the Major League Baseball team, which has been called the Indians since 1915.
The removal of the letters is expected to take several days. The sign will be placed in storage while the club evaluates options for a permanent location for it.
A new “Guardian” sign will replace the old one and will be erected before the 2022 Inauguration Day.
The American League franchise announced earlier this year that it was changing its name in a move inspired by a national count on racist names and symbols.
The team has already removed other signage inside and outside the downtown ballpark. The team’s official name switch is expected in a few weeks, when Guardian merchandise goes on sale.
The change hit a snag last week when a roller derby team known since 2013 as the Cleveland Guardians sued the baseball team. in federal court, accusing Switch of infringing on its trademark.
In a statement, the Indians said they do not believe there is any conflict between the parties and are confident in their position to go ahead with the name change.
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