List of Major League Baseball postseason teams

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This article is a list of the teams that have participated in the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason, the elimination tournament conducted after the regular season by which Major League Baseball determines its World Series champion for a given year.

Major League Baseball's postseason format has evolved throughout its history, with the number of participating teams increasing from two (for its first six-plus decades) to the current 10. The World Series was first played in 1903, when the champions of the established National League (NL) and the upstart American League (AL) met for a playoff series. From that time through 1968, the two leagues (which each had eight teams through 1960) each sent only its team with the best regular-season record to the World Series. In 1969, as each league had expanded to 12 teams, each league was divided into East and West divisions and another playoff round was created. This round became known as the League Championship Series (LCS), with the four division champions competing for a spot in the World Series every year. This format lasted until 1993.

In 1995, the again-expanded leagues were re-organized into three separate divisions, and another playoff round was established, called the Division Series (DS). In this format, for each league, the champions of the East, Central, and West divisions would be joined in the playoffs by a Wild Card team. The addition of the Wild Card allowed a team that was not a division winner but still had one of the top regular-season records to enter the playoffs as the number 4 seed. In 2012, the structure was adjusted such that two teams from each league receive Wild Card berths and then play a single game against each other to determine who advances to the Division Series. This is the current playoff format in Major League Baseball.

Three anomalies in the above-described system occurred. In 1904, the World Series did not take place because the National League champion did not wish to participate and the leagues had not yet agreed to require their champions to do so. In 1981, there was a Division Series due to a split season brought about by a midsummer player's strike. And in 1994, the postseason did not take place due to a player's strike.

Postseason appearances by franchise[edit]

Year in Italics with Asterisk* = Wild Card Game loser
Year in Italics = Division Series loser
Year in Roman = Championship Series loser
Year in Bold Italics = World Series loser
Year in Bold = World Series winner
Year Underlined = Participating in the 2017 postseason, outcome uncertain

Franchise Years Postseason Appearances
ARI Arizona Diamondbacks 1998–present 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2017
ATL Boston Braves 1903–1952 1914, 1948
Milwaukee Braves 1953–1965 1957, 1958
Atlanta Braves 1966–present 1969, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012*, 2013
BAL St. Louis Browns 1903–1953 1944
Baltimore Orioles 1954–present 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2012, 2014, 2016*
BOS Boston Red Sox 1903–present 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 1946, 1967, 1975, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017
CHC Chicago Cubs 1903–present 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1984, 1989, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017
CWS Chicago White Sox 1903–present 1906, 1917, 1919, 1959, 1983, 1993, 2000, 2005, 2008
CIN Cincinnati Reds 1903–present 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1995, 2010, 2012, 2013*
CLE Cleveland Indians 1903–present 1920, 1948, 1954, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2013*, 2016, 2017
COL Colorado Rockies 1993–present 1995, 2007, 2009, 2017*
DET Detroit Tigers 1903–present 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1972, 1984, 1987, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
HOU Houston Astros 1962–present 1980, 1981, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017
KC Kansas City Royals 1969–present 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 2014, 2015
LAA Los Angeles/California/Anaheim Angels 1961–present 1979, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014
LAD Brooklyn Dodgers 1903–1957 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956
Los Angeles Dodgers 1958–present 1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
MIA Florida/Miami Marlins 1993–present 1997, 2003
MIL Seattle Pilots 1969
Milwaukee Brewers 1970–present 1981, 1982, 2008, 2011
MIN Washington Senators 1903–1960 1924, 1925, 1933
Minnesota Twins 1961–present 1965, 1969, 1970, 1987, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2017*
NYM New York Mets 1962–present 1969, 1973, 1986, 1988, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2015, 2016*
NYY New York Yankees 1903–present 1921, 1922, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015*, 2017
OAK Philadelphia Athletics 1903–1954 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931
Kansas City Athletics 1955–1967
Oakland Athletics 1968–present 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014*
PHI Philadelphia Phillies 1903–present 1915, 1950, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1993, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
PIT Pittsburgh Pirates 1903–present 1903, 1909, 1925, 1927, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2013, 2014*, 2015*
SD San Diego Padres 1969–present 1984, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006
SEA Seattle Mariners 1977–present 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001
SF New York Giants 1903–1957 1905, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1917, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1954
San Francisco Giants 1958–present 1962, 1971, 1987, 1989, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
STL St. Louis Cardinals 1903–present 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
TB Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays 1998–present 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013
TEX Washington Senators 1961–1971
Texas Rangers 1972–present 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2015, 2016
TOR Toronto Blue Jays 1977–present 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2015, 2016
WSH Montreal Expos 1969–2004 1981
Washington Nationals 2005–present 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

Franchise records by postseason round[edit]

Updated through the 2016 postseason.

Franchise Wild Card Game Won Wild Card Game Total Division Series Won Division Series Total League Championship Series Won League Championship Series Total World Series Won World Series Total Total Postseason Appearances
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 2 5 1 2 1 1 5
Boston / Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves 0 1 6 13 5 11 3 9 23
St. Louis Browns / Baltimore Orioles 1 2 3 4 5 10 3 7 14
Boston Red Sox 0 0 6 11 5 10 8 12 22
Chicago Cubs 1 1 3 6 1 5 3 11 18
Chicago White Sox 0 0 1 3 1 3 3 5 9
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 1 3 5 8 5 9 15
Cleveland Indians 0 1 5 8 3 5 2 6 12
Colorado Rockies 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 1 3
Detroit Tigers 0 0 4 5 3 7 4 11 16
Houston Astros 1 1 2 8 1 4 0 1 10
Kansas City Royals 1 1 2 3 4 8 2 4 9
Los Angeles / California / Anaheim Angels 0 0 3 7 1 6 1 1 10
Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 5 11 5 11 6 18 30
Florida/Miami Marlins 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Seattle Pilots / Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 1 3 1 2 0 1 4
Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins 0 0 1 6 2 5 3 6 14
New York Mets 0 1 4 4 5 8 2 5 9
New York Yankees 0 1 11 18 11 15 27 40 52
Philadelphia / Kansas City / Oakland Athletics 0 1 2 8 6 11 9 14 26
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 3 6 5 9 2 7 14
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 3 0 1 2 9 5 7 17
San Diego Padres 0 0 1 4 2 2 0 2 5
Seattle Mariners 0 0 3 4 0 3 0 0 4
New York / San Francisco Giants 2 2 4 8 5 7 8 20 26
St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 10 13 7 13 11 19 28
Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays 1 1 1 4 1 1 0 1 4
Washington Senators / Texas Rangers 0 1 2 7 2 2 0 2 8
Toronto Blue Jays 1 1 2 2 2 7 2 2 8
Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 0 4
Totals 10 20 92 184 94 188 112 224 420

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