After Cleveland Guardians, Are the Atlanta Braves Also Changing Name?

Published 12/27/2021, 11:26 AM EST
Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) celebrates a home run against the Houston Astros with designated hitter Jorge Soler (12) during the seventh inningof game four of the 2021 World Series at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Braves started their journey from Boston, before relocating to Atlanta. However, a new update in MLB hints at their potential name change in the future. Many Major League Baseball teams have changed their names and locations in history.

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Interestingly, the Cleveland Indians had changed their name to Cleavland Guardians in 2021. The Braves have been reported to planning to change their name for quite a while, so are they the next in line?

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Rob Manfred’s thoughts on the Atlanta Braves name

Back in October 2021, when Rob Manfred, commissioner of MLB, was asked about changing the team’s name, he said, “We don’t market our game on a nationwide basis. Ours is an everyday game. You’ve gotta sell tickets every single day to the fans in that market. And there are all sorts of differences between the regions in terms of how the teams are marketed.”

Many fans already have given the Braves the name, Tomahawk Chop. However, to date, the team has not announced any plans for the change in their name. Albeit, the team might aim for re-branding catering to their fans across America in the future. Some fans hope that the team takes a name after their legend Hank Aaron, calling the team, “Hammers.”

Nov 2, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Baseball fans make their way through the concourse before game six of the 2021 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

With Indians changing their name, fans might pressure the Braves to bring in the long-requested change.

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A look back at changes in Braves

The 2021 World Series champions were established back in 1876; however, they had a different name back then. Braves were popularly known as the Boston Red Stockings. The name changed to Beaneaters in 1883, till it was rechanged in 1907 to Doves. It was common practice to name teams after their owners back in the day.

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In 1912, the term, ‘Braves’ surfaced for the first time.

Although, they still did not come to Atlanta, the team was shifted to Milwaukee and was called Milwaukee Braves till 1965. Since 1966, to date, they are referred to as Atlanta Braves.

Nov 5, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Joc Pederson (22) celebrates during the World Series championship parade. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The team won their historical World Series victory in 2021, as they clinched the title for the first time in this century. After breaking their losing streak for the World Series title, do you think re-branding will be their next goal?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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