American League Central

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AL Central
League American League
Sport Major League Baseball
Founded 1994
No. of teams 5
Most recent champion(s) Detroit Tigers (3rd title)
Most titles Cleveland Indians (7)

The American League Central is one of six divisions in Major League Baseball. This division was formed in the realignment in 1994, and its teams are all located in the Midwestern United States. The Central is currently the only division in the Major Leagues in which all of its members have won the World Series at least once.

Division membership[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former member[edit]

Membership timeline[edit]

Place cursor over year for division champ or World Series team.

Years
AL Central Division[A]
94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers[B]  
  Detroit Tigers[B]
     Team not in division      Division Won World Series      Division Won AL Championship
A Creation of division due to the realignment (the Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins from the AL West, and the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers from the AL East)
B Due to the expansion in 1998, placing a new team in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Tigers moved in from AL East, and also to give each league an even number of teams, the Brewers moved into NL Central

Champions by year[edit]

The Chicago White Sox are the only team from the AL Central division to have won the World Series since the league realignment in 1994.

  • Team names link to the season in which each team played
Year Winner Record % Playoff finish
1994 No winner *
1995 Cleveland Indians 100–44 .694 Lost World Series to Atlanta, 4–2
1996 Cleveland Indians 99–62 .615 Lost ALDS to Baltimore, 3–1
1997 Cleveland Indians 86–75 .534 Lost World Series to Florida, 4–3
1998 Cleveland Indians 89–73 .549 Lost ALCS to New York, 4–2
1999 Cleveland Indians 97–65 .599 Lost ALDS to Boston, 3–2
2000 Chicago White Sox 95–67 .586 Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3–0
2001 Cleveland Indians 91–71 .562 Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3–2
2002 Minnesota Twins 94–67 .584 Lost ALCS to Anaheim, 4–1
2003 Minnesota Twins 90–72 .556 Lost ALDS to New York, 3–1
2004 Minnesota Twins 92–70 .568 Lost ALDS to New York, 3–1
2005 Chicago White Sox 99–63 .611 Won World Series over Houston, 4–0
2006 Minnesota Twins 96–66 .593 Lost ALDS to Oakland, 3–0
2007 Cleveland Indians 96–66 .593 Lost ALCS to Boston 4–3
2008 Chicago White Sox ** 89–74 .546 Lost ALDS to Tampa Bay 3–1
2009 Minnesota Twins # 87–76 .534 Lost ALDS to New York, 3–0
2010 Minnesota Twins 94–68 .580 Lost ALDS to New York, 3–0
2011 Detroit Tigers 95–67 .586 Lost ALCS to Texas, 4–2
2012 Detroit Tigers 88–74 .543 Lost World Series to San Francisco, 4–0
2013 Detroit Tigers 93–69 .574 Lost ALCS to Boston, 4–2

* Due to the 1994 Major League Baseball strike starting August 12, no official winner became victorious. The White Sox were leading at the time that the strike broke out.

** In 2008, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox finished the season with the identical records of 88–74. A one-game playoff was held and the White Sox won it 1–0 over the Twins to capture the division title.

# In 2009, the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers finished the season with identical records of 86–76. A one-game playoff was held, and the Twins won it 6–5 in 12 innings over the Tigers to capture the division title.

Wild-card winners produced[edit]

The Central division was the last division in baseball to produce a "wild-card" team that actually competed in the playoffs—in 2006—twelve years after its creation (in 1994, the AL's first "wild-card" team—the Indians—did not play, because there were no postseason playoffs that year). On September 24, 2006, a victory by the Twins guaranteed that the wild card would come from this division, eliminating the Boston Red Sox of the American League East from wild-card contention, and also ending a three-year streak of wild-card appearances by the Red Sox. The Twins eliminated the White Sox from playoff contention on September 25 and then passed the Tigers on the last day of the regular season to give the Tigers the wild-card slot. The Tigers went on to win the American League Championship.

Year Winner Record % GB Playoffs
2006 Detroit Tigers 95–67 .586 1 Lost World Series to St. Louis, 4–1
2013 Cleveland Indians* 92–70 .568 1 Lost Wild Card Game to Tampa Bay, 4–0

* Starting with the 2012 season, there were two Wild Card winners in each league. The qualifiers will play a single-game playoff to determine who will face the top-seeded team in the American League Division Series. Wild Card Games are determined by the game's score.

Championships won by team[edit]

Team Championships Last year won Year(s)
Cleveland Indians 7 2007 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007
Minnesota Twins 6 2010 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010
Chicago White Sox 3 2008 2000, 2005, 2008
Detroit Tigers 3 2013 2011, 2012, 2013
Kansas City Royals 0 N/A N/A
Milwaukee Brewers 0 N/A N/A

Current division members in bold

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