Cleveland is home to the Cleveland Guardians, an American baseball team. The Guardians are a club in the American League (AL) Central division of Major League Baseball (MLB).
They have been performing there since 1994. The team has won 10 Central division titles, six American League pennants, and two World Series triumphs since its inception as a Major League franchise in 1901.
Among the 30 current Major League teams, the squad has the longest active World Series championship drought (since 1948).
The Guardians of Traffic, an eight-piece monolithic Henry Hering Art Deco sculpture installation on the city’s Hope Memorial Bridge, which is close to Progressive Field, are mentioned in the team name.
The name of the team’s mascot is “Slider.” In Goodyear, Arizona, the team holds their spring training sessions at Goodyear Ballpark.
The Grand Rapids Rippers, a Western League minor league team based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the franchise’s first organization in 1894.
In 1900, the group changed its name to Cleveland Lake Shores and moved there. Prior to the 1900 season, the Western League underwent its own renaming as the American League while maintaining its minor league status.
Cleveland was one of the eight founding franchises of the American League when it formally established itself as a major league in 1901.
The Cleveland Bluebirds or Blues, the group’s original name, were also known as the Cleveland Bronchos in 1902. The club was known as the Cleveland Napoleons or Naps starting in 1903 in honor of Nap Lajoie, the captain.
Club owner Charles Somers asked baseball writers to choose a new name after Lajoie left after the 1914 campaign.
The Cleveland Spiders were known as the Cleveland Indians when Native American player Louis Sockalexis played for the team, and the name Cleveland Indians was a rebirth of that moniker.
For more than a century, people continued to call them by that name. Common names for the Indians included “Tribe” and “Wahoos,” the latter of which made reference to their iconic Chief Wahoo.
Following the 2021 season, the team stopped using the name “Indians” and changed their name to the Guardians for the 2022 season after receiving criticism as part of the Native American mascot dispute.
Who Owns The Cleveland Guardians?
Larry Dolan is the principal owner of the Cleveland Guardians. Paul Dolan, his son, was chosen president, and he later became chairman, CEO, and the team’s controlling owner. In the future, Dolan has stated that his children will take over the team’s ownership.