The Cleveland Guardians go back to the drawing board for a new name
The option that seems like a last resort is that ownership goes back to the drawing board and the 1,000+ names that were considered and pick a different one. The Cleveland Guardians has been received with mixed reviews and this is ownership’s chance to play a reverse card if they so choose.
Merchandise has yet to go on sale, officially, from the team and signage really hasn’t started to be hung up. If they don’t want to deal with yet another court appearance due to the team’s name like they did in Toronto in 2016 before the ALCS, then they have the option have putting this only thing in reverse and trying a different route.
It might seem odd for the team to do this and it surely would warrant responses on social media of “typical Cleveland.” However, it might be the most painless option. There’s still a love for the Cleveland Spiders name out there and there’s obviously plenty of other choices that could be considered.
Again, this route is unlikely and would probably be a last resort. It would likely need to be paired with the Cleveland Baseball Team option as well with time running thin before items need to be ready.
My guess is that ownership makes quick work of the case and moves on with the Cleveland Guardians name. This hopefully won’t be a talking point come January, but until it’s off the table it will unfortunately be the focus of Cleveland baseball.