Spiders in the Lead for Cleveland’s New Name

Cleveland’s baseball team has officially retired the “Indians” name. Now Vegas odds are already out for what the new mascot will be.

“We’ll be the Indians in 2021 and then after that, it’s a difficult and complex process to identify a new name and do all the things you do around activating that name,” Cleveland owner Paul Dolan said. “We are going to work at as quick a pace as we can while doing it right.”

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“The team made a genuine effort to listen and learn,” said Cynthia Connolly, executive board member of the Lake Erie Native American Council in the Cleveland Indigenous Coalition. “We hope this serves as a blueprint for other professional teams and the 200-plus high school teams in the Ohio area. If there is a school or team that truly cares about fighting racism, these mascots cannot coexist.”

Spiders is in the lead with Cleveland Baseball Team as the second most popular choice, due to how Washington handled its football team dilemma.

If Spiders becomes the team’s mascot, Twitter has already mocked up its potential look with excitement.


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Spiders is the top choice due to Cleveland’s history with the name. From 1889-1899, the Cleveland Spiders played in the National League after previously being called the Blues. The last season the Cleveland Spiders existed was the worst record in Major League Baseball history with a 20-134 record.

Cleveland won two World Series as the Indians in 1920 and 1948, but currently holds the longest active drought from winning a championship.

Now other franchises including the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Blackhawks are going to have to consider changing its name and moniker.

Washington meanwhile may never adopt a new mascot. Team president Jason Wright told NFL media that the Washington Football Team is in no rush to change the team’s name for the 2021 season and beyond after sponsors no longer wanted to be in business with a team that held a derogatory name.


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