Cleveland Guardians: 4 burning questions entering the offseason

Emmanuel Clase #48 of the Cleveland Guardians (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Guardians, Paul Dolan
Cleveland Guardians team owner and chairman Paul Dolan (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

4 burning questions entering the offseason for the Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Guardians will enter the offseason with a handful of glaring questions around the organization. The first losing season in a decade will bring about such questions, but they are far from exclusive to the playing field. From the team name to the bench, Cleveland’s upcoming offseason has the potential to be one of the most important in recent memory.

With only a few games left in the 2021 World Series at most, eyes are turning to the offseason for majority of clubs in Major League Baseball. Everyone is weighing their options, but for Cleveland there’s an extra layer. Not only does the team have to work on improving the roster for 2022, but they also have to deal with off-the-field issues with the impending name change, which brings us to the first burning question of the 2022 offseason.

What happens with the Cleveland Guardians name change?

While the on-field product should be the focal point of the offseason, Cleveland fans are left wondering what they will end up calling their team on Opening Day. The inevitable name change for Cleveland was taken with mixed reviews from fans and now a roller derby team is attempting to block the change all together.

The Cleveland Guardians, roller derby edition, are suing the Cleveland Guardians, baseball edition, over the name. Scratching the surface, the roller derby team is saying that the baseball team knew of the roller derby team before deciding to take their name. The catch is, the baseball team owns the copyright to the name.

That’s a whole story in itself, but the fact of the matter is that we’re only a few short months from Spring Training and the name change is still a bit up in the air. Activity by the team indicates that the “Indians” moniker will be retired regardless, but whether or not Guardians will be used still might be undecided.