The news broke via The New York Times on Sunday. The Cleveland Indians were going to drop their nickname after years and years of controversy. What will be next for the team in the American League Central? The current nickname sticks through 2021 but the process has begun to find a new one for 2022.
As always, our BetUS sportsbook offers you a chance to get in on the online betting action when it comes to what the new nickname will be. That’s right. You can bet on the Cleveland Indians new name. Here are the current options:
This would be an homage to the late, great Hall of Fame righthander Bob Feller. He was 266-162 in 18 seasons — Feller was in the military service from 1942-44. At the conclusion of the war, Feller returned to the game and averaged more than 19 wins a season over the next six years. He pitched 3,827 innings and is a legend to the franchise.
Wild Things + 2000
Became synonymous with the city after the movie “Major League.” Charlie Sheen would come into the game and Wild Thing was played. This one seems like a longer shot than Fellers.
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Passengers crossing the Hope Memorial Bridge into downtown Cleveland cannot miss the “Guardians of Traffic” – eight monolithic structures that stand sentinel over both ends of the bridge. Each holds a different mode of transportation or at least transportation as we knew it in the 1930s. The Guardians are structures unique to the city that embodies strength, power, and creativity. Much like the baseball team, these symbols have stood the test of time. They’ve endured torturous heat waves and endless winters. Their mark is resilience and constancy.
The name offers a historical context as well. During the War of 1812, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led the US Navy in the Battle of Lake Erie, not far from the shores of Cleveland. Perry defended the country and served as a guardian of Lake Erie and Ohio. His leadership repelled the British Navy and allowed Americans to recover Detroit and secure naval superiority for the rest of the conflict. Perry’s bravery and command proved vital in a critical moment in the war. Arguably, he was the first Guardian.
Rocks or Rockers +1500
Rocks would be a fascinating homage to the fantastic song by Ian Hunter and Mott the Hoople, “Cleveland Rocks.”
The nickname of Ohio State. Not sure how the folks at the Big Ten school in Columbus would feel about this but it certainly is a cool nickname and fits the city and the state. And Ohio State has no problem winning championships.
Blue Sox +900
In 1901, the Indians’ first year in the American League, they were called the Bluebirds or Blues. Think the American League is wearing enough Sox already.
“Straight from the pages of the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, ‘American Crows are abundant in Ohio …'” he writes. “Hills be shaken: There are crows in Ohio.”
Cleveland Baseball Club +300
Well, the Washington Football Team has caught on in the NFL. Not sure the CBC has the same ring as the WFT. Not to mention, Canada’s national public broadcaster likely has the acronym trademarked.
The chalk because of its history in baseball. The Cleveland Spiders competed at the major league level from 1887-99, first for two seasons as a member of the now-defunct American Association (AA), followed by 11 seasons in the National League (NL). Early names for the team included the Forest Citys and Blues. The name Spiders emerged early in the team’s inaugural NL season of 1889, owing to new black-and-gray uniforms and the skinny, long-limbed look of many players (thereby evoking the spider arachnid).
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