American League Central Division
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American League Central Division
AL Central
LeagueAmerican League
SportMajor League Baseball
Founded1994
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent champion(s)Minnesota Twins
(8th title)
Most titlesCleveland Indians (10)

The American League Central is one of six divisions in Major League Baseball. This division was formed in the realignment of 1994, and its teams are all located in the Midwestern United States. The AL Central is one of two divisions in the Major Leagues in which all of its members have won a World Series title. In fact, each team has captured at least two World Series championships.

Division membership

Current members

Former member

Membership timeline

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
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 The Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins came from the AL West, and the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers from the AL East.
B Due to expansion in 1998 and the placement of the new Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the AL East, the Tigers moved to the Central. To give each league an even number of teams, the Brewers moved to the NL Central.

Champions by year

The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals are the only teams 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 Results
1994§ No playoffs due to 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike
1995 Cleveland Indians (1) 100-44 .694 Won ALDS over Boston, 3-0
Won ALCS over Seattle, 4-2
Lost World Series to Atlanta, 4-2
1996 Cleveland Indians (2) 99-62 .615 Lost ALDS to Baltimore, 3-1
1997 Cleveland Indians (3) 86-75 .534 Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-2
Won ALCS over Baltimore, 4-2
Lost World Series to Florida, 4-3
1998 Cleveland Indians (4) 89-73 .549 Won ALDS over Boston, 3-1
Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4-2
1999 Cleveland Indians (5) 97-65 .599 Lost ALDS to Boston, 3-2
2000 Chicago White Sox (1) 95-67 .586 Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3-0
2001 Cleveland Indians (6) 91-71 .562 Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3-2
2002 Minnesota Twins (1) 94-67 .584 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Lost ALCS to Anaheim, 4-1
2003 Minnesota Twins (2) 90-72 .556 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-1
2004 Minnesota Twins (3) 92-70 .568 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-1
2005 Chicago White Sox (2) 99-63 .611 Won ALDS over Boston, 3-0
Won ALCS over Los Angeles (AL), 4-1
Won World Series over Houston, 4-0
2006 Minnesota Twins (4) 96-66 .593 Lost ALDS to Oakland, 3-0
2007 Cleveland Indians (7) 96-66 .593 Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-1
Lost ALCS to Boston 4-3
2008 Chicago White Sox (3)** 89-74 .546 Lost ALDS to Tampa Bay 3-1
2009 Minnesota Twins (5)# 87-76 .534 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-0
2010 Minnesota Twins (6) 94-68 .580 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-0
2011 Detroit Tigers (1) 95-67 .586 Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-2
Lost ALCS to Texas, 4-2
2012 Detroit Tigers (2) 88-74 .543 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Won ALCS over New York (AL), 4-0
Lost World Series to San Francisco, 4-0
2013 Detroit Tigers (3) 93-69 .574 Won ALDS over Oakland, 3-2
Lost ALCS to Boston, 4-2
2014 Detroit Tigers (4) 90-72 .556 Lost ALDS to Baltimore, 3-0
2015 Kansas City Royals (1) 95-67 .586 Won ALDS over Houston, 3-2
Won NLCS over Toronto, 4-2
Won World Series over New York (NL), 4-1
2016 Cleveland Indians (8) 94-67 .584 Won ALDS over Boston, 3-0
Won NLCS over Toronto, 4-1
Lost World Series to Chicago (NL), 4-3
2017 Cleveland Indians (9) 102-60 .630 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-2
2018 Cleveland Indians (10) 91-71 .562 Lost ALDS to Houston 3-0
2019 Minnesota Twins (7) 101-61 .623 Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3-0
2020*** Minnesota Twins (8) 36-24 .600 Lost ALWC to Houston, 2-0

* Due to the 1994 Major League Baseball strike starting August 12, no winner was determined. The Chicago White Sox were leading at the time that the strike began.

** In 2008, the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox finished the season with the identical records of 88-74. The White Sox won the one-game playoff 1-0.

# In 2009, the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers finished the season with identical records of 86-76. The Twins won the one-game playoff 6-5 in 12 innings.

*** Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. By virtue of the eight-team postseason format used for that season, division runner-up Cleveland (35-25, .583) also qualified for the playoffs. The Indians were tied with the Chicago White Sox but won the runner-up honors with a better head-to-head record (Indians won the season series 8-2 over the White Sox). The Cleveland Indians lost ALWC to New York (AL), 2-0.

Wild-card winners produced

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 an early end due to a players strike, cancelling the remainder of the regular season and postseason. The 2006 Detroit Tigers were the first team from the Central to qualify as the wild card. 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.

Year Winner Record % GB Playoff Results
2006 Detroit Tigers 95-67 .586 1 Won ALDS over New York (AL), 3-1
Won ALCS over Oakland, 4-0
Lost World Series to St. Louis, 4-1
2013 Cleveland Indians 92-70 .568 1 Lost ALWC to Tampa Bay
2014 Kansas City Royals 89-73 .549 1 Won ALWC over Oakland
Won ALDS over Los Angeles (AL), 3-0
Won ALCS over Baltimore, 4-0
Lost World Series to San Francisco, 4-3
2017 Minnesota Twins 85-77 .525 17 Lost ALWC to New York (AL)
2020+ Chicago White Sox 35-25 .583 1 Lost ALWC to Oakland, 2-1

+ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. The White Sox were tied with the Cleveland Indians but lost the runner-up honors due to an inferior head-to-head record (White Sox lost the season series 2-8 over the Indians).

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the World Series
(#) Denotes team that won the American League pennant, but lost World Series
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the MLB postseason
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1994 Chicago White Sox (67-46) Cleveland (66-47) Kansas City (64-51) Minnesota (53-60) Milwaukee (53-62)
1995 (1)Cleveland (100-44) Kansas City (70-74) Chicago White Sox (68-76) Milwaukee (65-79) Minnesota (56-88)
1996 (1)Cleveland (99-62) Chicago White Sox (85-77) Milwaukee (80-82) Minnesota (78-84) Kansas City (75-86)
1997 (3)Cleveland (86-75) Chicago White Sox (80-81) Milwaukee (78-83) Minnesota (68-94) Kansas City (67-94)
1998 (2)Cleveland (89-73) Chicago White Sox (80-82) Kansas City (72-89) Minnesota (70-92) Detroit (65-97)
1999 (1)Cleveland (97-65) Chicago White Sox (75-86) Detroit (69-92) Kansas City (64-97) Minnesota (63-97)
2000 (1)Chicago White Sox (95-67) Cleveland (90-72) Detroit (79-83) Kansas City (77-85) Minnesota (69-93)
2001 (3)Cleveland (91-71) Minnesota (85-77) Chicago White Sox (83-79) Detroit (66-96) Kansas City (65-97)
2002 (3)Minnesota (94-67) Chicago White Sox (81-81) Cleveland (74-88) Kansas City (62-100) Detroit (55-106)
2003 (3)Minnesota (90-72) Chicago White Sox (86-76) Kansas City (83-79) Cleveland (68-94) Detroit (43-119)
2004 (3)Minnesota[a] (92-70) Chicago White Sox (83-79) Cleveland (80-82) Detroit (72-90) Kansas City (58-104)
2005 (1)Chicago White Sox (99-63) Cleveland (93-69) Minnesota (83-79) Detroit (71-91) Kansas City (56-106)
2006 (2)Minnesota (96-66) (4)Detroit (95-67) Chicago White Sox (90-72) Cleveland (78-84) Kansas City (62-100)
2007 (2)Cleveland[b] (96-66) Detroit (88-74) Minnesota (79-83) Chicago White Sox (72-90) Kansas City (69-93)
2008 (3)Chicago White Sox[c] (89-74) Minnesota (88-75) Cleveland (81-81) Kansas City (75-87) Detroit (74-88)
2009 (3)Minnesota[d] (87-76) Detroit (86-77) Chicago White Sox (79-83) Cleveland (65-97) Kansas City (65-97)
2010 (2)Minnesota (94-68) Chicago White Sox (88-74) Detroit (81-81) Cleveland (69-93) Kansas City (67-95)
2011 (3)Detroit (95-67) Cleveland (80-82) Chicago White Sox (79-83) Kansas City (71-91) Minnesota (63-99)
2012 (3)Detroit (88-74) Chicago White Sox (85-77) Kansas City (72-90) Cleveland (68-94) Minnesota (66-96)
2013 (3)Detroit (93-69) (4)Cleveland (92-70) Kansas City (86-76) Minnesota (66-96) Chicago White Sox (63-99)
2014 (3)Detroit (90-72) (4)Kansas City (89-73) Cleveland (85-77) Chicago White Sox (73-89) Minnesota (70-92)
2015 (1)Kansas City (95-67) Minnesota (83-79) Cleveland (81-80) Chicago White Sox (76-86) Detroit (74-87)
2016 (2)Cleveland (94-67) Detroit (86-75) Kansas City (81-81) Chicago White Sox (78-84) Minnesota (59-103)
2017 (1)Cleveland (102-60) (5)Minnesota (85-77) Kansas City (80-82) Chicago White Sox (67-95) Detroit (64-98)
2018 (3)Cleveland (91-71) Minnesota (78-84) Detroit (64-98) Chicago White Sox (62-100) Kansas City (58-104)
2019 (3)Minnesota (101-61) Cleveland (93-69) Chicago White Sox (72-89) Kansas City (59-103) Detroit (47-114)
  • 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. The postseason field was expanded to eight teams and the wild-card round became a best-of-three series.
2020 (3)Minnesota (36-24) (4)Cleveland[e] (35-25) (7)Chicago White Sox (35-25) Kansas City (26-34) Detroit (23-35)
Notes and Tiebreakers
  • a Minnesota and Anaheim of the American League West were tied for the second and third seed but the Twins were relegated to the third seed by losing the season series 5-4.
  • b Cleveland and Boston of the American League East were tied for the first and second seed but the Indians were relegated to the second seed by losing the season series 5-2.
  • c Chicago and Minnesota were tied for the division championship and played in a tie-breaker game. The White Sox won 1-0 to claim the division crown.
  • d Minnesota and Detroit were tied for the division championship and played in a tie-breaker game. The Twins won 6-5 in 12 innings to claim the second wild-card spot.
  • e Cleveland and Chicago were tied for the fourth and seventh seed but the Indians claimed the fourth seed by winning the season series 8-2.

Division championships won by team

Team Championships Last year won Year(s)
Cleveland Indians 10 2018 1995-1999, 2001, 2007, 2016-2018
Minnesota Twins 8 2020 2002-2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2019-2020
Detroit Tigers 4 2014 2011-2014
Chicago White Sox 3 2008 2000, 2005, 2008
Kansas City Royals 1 2015 2015
Milwaukee Brewers 0 N/A N/A

Current division members in bold

See also

References


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