By Arnie Leshin
Let’s not be confused, there are no more Indians in Cleveland, except there are Native Americans but no more Cleveland Indians in Major League Baseball.
That came to an end when the regular season was over, when Aaron Civale gave up only three singles over six scoreless innings as the Indians played for the final time under that name, for the last time in 107 seasons after nearly 17,000 games since 1915, and won this season finale 6-0 at the 102-loss Texas Rangers Sunday.
Drum roll please … let’s welcome in the new name — the Guardians, once more, the Cleveland Guardians.
Said acting manager DeMarlo Hale: “There’s a lot of things being saved and treasured by this, and I hope the fans in the city embrace the Guardians as they come in in 2022. There’s going to be a lot of keepsakes. Players, I saw them collect baseballs, and lineup cards, and things like that. It’s time for the memory bank, for sure.”
In the Indians’ farewell, Yu Chang homered and Cleveland finished at 80-82, and with its first losing season since 2012 before taking the field as the Guardians with a new look, new logos, happy and unhappy young and old fans because of the change, and the word “Tribe” will also be removed.
As the Indians, they did have a streak of eight consecutive winning seasons, matching the longest in the history of the franchise that was one of the American League’s charter teams in 1901 and became the Indians in 1915.