Major League Baseball postseason teams

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Major league baseball has had numerous playoff structures throughout its history. From the beginning of the World Series era in 1903 through 1968, the top team in the American League and the top team in the National League would play each other in the World Series. Then, with the addition of new teams, the playoff structure was expanded in the year 1968. Two east-west divisions in the American League and the National League were created and another playoff round was created. This round became known as the Championship Series, with the top two teams in the American League and the top two teams in the National League competing to obtain a spot in the World Series. This set-up lasted until 1993 when there were 32 teams in Major League Baseball. In 1994, another playoff round was established, called the Divisional Series. In this set-up, three division winners from the Eastern Division, Central Division, and the Western Division would be joined by a Wild Card team. The addition of the wild card allowed a team that was not a division winner but was still an above-average team to enter the playoffs as the #4 seed. In the new setup, the two leagues consisting of four playoff teams in each league would play the Divisional Series, the Championship Series, and the winners from both leagues would play in the World Series. This system lasted until 2012. In 2012, an extra round called the Wild Card Round was created. In this system, two wild card winners from each league would play each other in a one-game playoff to determine who moves on to the Divisional Series. This is the current playoff structure in Major League Baseball.

1995-2014[edit]

Wild Card Game Appearances (2012-2014)[edit]

American League National League
East Central West East Central West
Orioles 1 Indians 1 A's 1 Braves 1 Pirates 2 Giants 1
Rays 1 Royals 1 Rangers 1 Marlins 0 Cardinals 1 D-Backs 0
Blue Jays 0 Tigers 0 Angels 0 Mets 0 Reds 1 Dodgers 0
Red Sox 0 Twins 0 Astros 0 Nationals 0 Brewers 0 Padres 0
Yankees 0 White Sox 0 Mariners 0 Phillies 0 Cubs 0 Rockies 0
2 2 2 1 4 1

Divisional Series Appearances (1995-2014)[edit]

American League National League
East Central West East Central West
Yankees 17 Indians 7 A's 7 Braves 13 Cardinals 12 Dodgers 8
Red Sox 10 Twins 6 Angels 7 Phillies 5 Astros (NL) 6 Giants 7
Rays 4 Tigers 5 Rangers 5 Mets 3 Cubs 4 D-Backs 5
Orioles 4 White Sox 3 Mariners 4 Marlins 2 Reds 3 Padres 4
Blue Jays 0 Royals 1 Astros (AL) 0 Expos/Nationals 2 Brewers 2 Rockies 3
Pirates 1
35 22 23 25 28 27

League Championship Series Appearances (1995-2014)[edit]

American League National League
East Central West East Central West
Yankees 10 Indians 4 Mariners 3 Braves 6 Cardinals 10 Giants 4
Red Sox 6 Tigers 4 Angels 3 Mets 3 Astros (NL) 2 Dodgers 3
Orioles 3 White Sox 1 Rangers 2 Phillies 3 Cubs 1 D-Backs 2
Rays 1 Twins 1 A's 1 Marlins 2 Reds 1 Rockies 1
Blue Jays 0 Royals 1 Astros (AL) 0 Expos/Nationals 0 Brewers 1 Padres 1
Pirates 0
20 11 9 14 15 11

League Pennants (1995-2014)[edit]

American League National League
East Central West East Central West
Yankees 7 Indians 2 Rangers 2 Braves 3 Cardinals 4 Giants 4
Red Sox 3 Tigers 2 Angels 1 Phillies 2 Astros (NL) 1 D-Backs 1
Rays 1 White Sox 1 A's 0 Marlins 2 Cubs 0 Padres 1
Blue Jays 0 Royals 1 Mariners 0 Mets 1 Reds 0 Rockies 1
Orioles 0 Twins 0 Astros (AL) 0 Expos/Nationals 0 Pirates 0 Dodgers 0
Brewers 0
11 6 3 8 5 7

World Series Championships (1995-2013)[edit]

American League National League
East Central West East Central West
Yankees 5 White Sox 1 Angels 1 Marlins 2 Cardinals 2 Giants 2
Red Sox 3 Indians 0 A's 0 Braves 1 Astros (NL) 0 D-Backs 1
Rays 0 Tigers 0 Rangers 0 Phillies 1 Cubs 0 Padres 0
Blue Jays 0 Royals 0 Mariners 0 Mets 0 Reds 0 Rockies 0
Orioles 0 Twins 0 Astros (AL) 0 Expos/Nationals 0 Pirates 0 Dodgers 0
Brewers 0
8 1 1 4 2 3

1969-1993[edit]

Division Titles (1969-1993)[edit]

American League National League
East West East West
Orioles 7 A's 10 Pirates 9 Reds 7
Yankees 5 Royals 6 Phillies 6 Dodgers 7
Blue Jays 5 Twins 4 Mets 4 Braves 5
Red Sox 4 Angels 3 Cardinals 3 Giants 3
Tigers 3 White Sox 2 Cubs 2 Astros 2
Brewers 1 Rangers 0 Expos 1 Padres 1
Indians 0 Mariners 0 Marlins 0 Rockies 0
25 25 25 25

League Pennants (1969-1993)[edit]

American League National League
East West East West
Orioles 5 A's 6 Cardinals 3 Reds 5
Yankees 4 Royals 2 Phillies 3 Dodgers 5
Blue Jays 2 Twins 2 Mets 3 Braves 2
Red Sox 2 Angels 0 Pirates 2 Giants 1
Tigers 1 White Sox 0 Cubs 0 Padres 1
Brewers 1 Rangers 0 Expos 0 Astros 0
Indians 0 Mariners 0 Marlins 0 Rockies 0
15 10 11 14

World Series Championships (1969-1993)[edit]

American League National League
East West East West
Orioles 2 A's 4 Pirates 2 Reds 3
Yankees 2 Twins 2 Mets 2 Dodgers 2
Blue Jays 2 Royals 1 Phillies 1 Braves 0
Tigers 1 Angels 0 Cardinals 1 Giants 0
Red Sox 0 White Sox 0 Cubs 0 Padres 0
Brewers 0 Rangers 0 Expos 0 Astros 0
Indians 0 Mariners 0 Marlins 0 Rockies 0
7 7 6 5

1903-1968[edit]

Note: no World Series was played in 1904.

League Pennants (1903-1968)[edit]

American League National League
Yankees 29 Giants 16
A's 9 Dodgers 13
Tigers 8 Cardinals 12
Red Sox 8 Cubs 10
White Sox 5 Pirates 7
Twins (Senators) 4 Reds 4
Orioles (Browns) 2 Braves 4
Indians 2 Phillies 2
68 68

World Series Championships (1903-1968)[edit]

American League National League
Yankees 20 Cardinals 8
A's 5 Giants 5
Red Sox 5 Dodgers 4
Tigers 3 Pirates 3
White Sox 2 Cubs 2
Indians 2 Reds 2
Orioles (Browns) 1 Braves 2
Twins (Senators) 1 Phillies 0
39 26

References[edit]

http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

See also[edit]