The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday morning that they will change their nickname from "Indians" to "Guardians" starting with the 2022 season.

Here's the official tweet:

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team (current player Franmil Reyes, pictured above) has been known as the Indians for more than a century. Before being the Indians, the team was known as the "Spiders" and the "Naps."

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The team hasn't won the World Series since 1948 and has won the American League pennant only a handful of times since then (1954, 1995, 1997, & 2016).

The Indians have been romanticized with the 1989 movie "Major League," starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Wesley Snipes. As well as the subsequent follow-up, "Major League 2" in 1994.

The team retired its controversial "Chief Wahoo" mascot after the 2016 season. After that, talk began about potentially changing the nickname.

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