The Cleveland Guardians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The team was established as a Major League franchise in 1901 and has won 11 Central Division titles, six American League pennants, and two World Series championships (in 1920 and 1948). The team's World Series championship drought since 1948 is the longest in the American League. The Guardians were formerly known as the Cleveland Indians, but the team announced in 2021 that they would be changing their name to the Guardians beginning in the 2022 season. The new name pays homage to the Guardians of Traffic statues near Progressive Field in Cleveland, located on the Hope Memorial Bridge.