** 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.
In 1994, the Cleveland Indians were sitting atop the wild-card standings and would have qualified for the postseason as the AL's first wild card but on August 12 of that year, the season came to a screeching halt due to a work stoppage, cancelling the remainder of the regular season and postseason. In 2006, twelve years after the creation of the wild card, the Detroit Tigers earned the wild card ending the Boston Red Sox three-year reign of winning the wildcard. This also meant that the Central division had finally produced a "wild card" team that actually competed in the playoffs, becoming the last division to do so. MLB revamped the postseason starting in 2012, creating a new single-game playoff where two wildcards competed against each other while the division winners each received a bye. The winner of the American League wild card game moves on to face the top-seeded team of the AL in the American League Division Series. In 2013, the Indians became the first team from the AL Central to qualify as a wild card under the new postseason format. In 2014, the Kansas City Royals ended a 29-year postseason drought returning to the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985.