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The American League Central Division, often abbreviated AL Central, comprises 5 teams playing in the American League geographically located in the midwestern United States. It was created in 1994, one year after the expansion of 1993, when both leagues moved from two to three divisions.

The American League Central Division has contained the following teams:

1994-1997: Chicago White Sox,Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Minnesota Twins.

1998-present: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins.

[edit] Division Champions

Year Champion Record Manager Postseason Notes
1994 Chicago White Sox 67-47 Gene Lamont Postseason cancelled 1
1995 Cleveland Indians 100-44 Mike Hargrove Lost World Series to Atlanta Braves
1996 Cleveland Indians 99-62 Mike Hargrove Lost ALDS to Baltimore Orioles
1997 Cleveland Indians 86-75 Mike Hargrove Lost World Series to Florida Marlins
1998 Cleveland Indians 89-73 Mike Hargrove Lost ALCS to New York Yankees
1999 Cleveland Indians 97-65 Mike Hargrove Lost ALDS to Boston Red Sox
2000 Chicago White Sox 95-67 Jerry Manuel Lost ALDS to Seattle Mariners
2001 Cleveland Indians 91-71 Charlie Manuel Lost ALDS to Seattle Mariners
2002 Minnesota Twins 94-67 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALCS to Anaheim Angels
2003 Minnesota Twins 90-72 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALDS to New York Yankees
2004 Minnesota Twins 92-70 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALDS to New York Yankees
2005 Chicago White Sox 99-63 Ozzie Guillen Won World Series over Houston Astros
2006 Minnesota Twins 96-66 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALDS to Oakland Athletics
2007 Cleveland Indians 96-66 Eric Wedge Lost ALCS to Boston Red Sox
2008 Chicago White Sox 89-74 Ozzie Guillen Lost ALDS to Tampa Bay Rays 2
2009 Minnesota Twins 87-76 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALDS to New York Yankees 3
2010 Minnesota Twins 94-68 Ron Gardenhire Lost ALDS to New York Yankees
2011 Detroit Tigers 95-67 Jim Leyland Lost ALCS to Texas Rangers
2012 Detroit Tigers 88-74 Jim Leyland Lost World Series to San Francisco Giants
2013 Detroit Tigers 93-69 Jim Leyland Lost ALCS to Boston Red Sox

Notes:

  1. The 1994 postseason was cancelled because of the 1994 strike.
  2. The Chicago White Sox won a one-game playoff with the Minnesota Twins for the Division title.
  3. The Minnesota Twins won a one-game playoff with the Detroit Tigers for the Division title.

[edit] Wild Cards

The American League Wild Card team has come from the Central Division only 2 times since 1995:

[edit] See Also

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