The new name is linked to a couple of local celebs -- 2 statues on the city's Hope Memorial Bridge, which is right near the team's Progressive Field. Those were built as "guardians of traffic" to symbolize progress in transportation.
The MLB name is more about progress for the city and the team, but like anything else new ... haters gonna hate. Reaction to the Guardians name and logo -- a "G" with a baseball, in the same font as the old name -- is mixed. At best.
That's alright ... Cleveland's used to it.
One odd twist, though, the team's Twitter account still has the old name (they are in the middle of a season) -- but it made for an awkward sight when they dropped the video announcement.