WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has been a lifelong Major League Baseball fan growing uip in Mansfield, Ohio.

On Friday, he released the following statement after the announcement that the Cleveland Indians will be changing their name to the Cleveland Guardians.

“I welcome the name change and am excited to root for the Guardians. As a lifelong baseball fan, I know what the sport means to our state and how proud we are of our Ohio teams, especially here in Cleveland. This team has been a part of my life since my dad started taking my brothers and me to Municipal Stadium to see Rocky Colavito and Leon Wagner and Sam McDowell and Mudcat Grant and Tito Francona.

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