“ Cleveland Municipals ”: late contender for the new Indian name


However, the nickname came last in the recent 3News poll.

CLEVELAND – There were many possible options mentioned for the eventual new Indian name, but none were really on anyone’s radar at first. Months later, that has changed.

“Cleveland Municipals” recently saw a surge of grassroots support on social media and elsewhere, with several accounts and businesses now pushing the team to choose the nickname. The “Munis” would pay tribute in part to the team’s former home, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and strikes a tone similar to that of identities such as the New York Knickerbockers (“Knicks”) and Metropolitans (“Mets “).

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“Webster defines the term ‘municipal’ as something ‘related to a town or town,’ concept co-founders Will Weible and Jamie Lansdowne wrote on a name website. “Something that is municipal belongs to the citizens themselves, just as we think the teams are ours. ‘Municipals’ makes it clear that this team belongs to and represents every Clevelander.

Of all the options currently being considered, municipalities may have the most structural support. Besides the website and jersey designs, Weible and Lansdowne have won the press in the popular Uni Watch blog and also teamed up with Ebbets Field Flannels to sell gear with a logo inspired by the outline of the old stadium. Cleveland-based Saucy Brew Works even lent their support to the name by launching a special Munich-based lager.

Despite the extensive infrastructure, fans took a little while to warm up to the label, as evidenced by the fact that municipalities came last in the recent 3News name change poll (7.2%). Common reviews seem to be a lack of cool branding ideas like those possible with “Spiders” or “Guardians,” plus “Munis” doesn’t quite have the same flair as other old-school abbreviated names like “Mets” or “Knicks”. Plus, many aren’t thrilled with the idea of ​​paying homage to a stadium that wasn’t exactly suited to baseball, especially when the Indians have been downright horrible for their past 34 seasons at the lake.

So far, municipalities don’t seem to be on the shortlist of many of the tribe’s supporters, and punters haven’t even listed it as a name possibility months ago. But Weible and Lansdowne aren’t giving up, and if they continue their strong campaign, it’s more than possible that municipalities can be one of the final choices once a decision needs to be made.


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