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The American League East Division, often abbreviated AL East, was created in 1969 when Major League Baseball expanded and split the American League and National League into two division each. The AL East division has had the following constructs:

1969-1971: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Washington Senators.

1972-1976: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees.

1977-1993: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays.

1994-1997: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays.

1998-2007: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays.

2008-present: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays.

[edit] Division Champions

Year Champion Record Manager Postseason Notes
1969 Baltimore Orioles 109-53 Earl Weaver Lost World Series to New York Mets
1970 Baltimore Orioles 108-54 Earl Weaver Won World Series over Cincinnati Reds
1971 Baltimore Orioles 101-57 Earl Weaver Lost World Series to Pittsburgh Pirates
1972 Detroit Tigers 86-70 Billy Martin Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics 1
1973 Baltimore Orioles 97-65 Earl Weaver Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics
1974 Baltimore Orioles 91-71 Earl Weaver Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics
1975 Boston Red Sox 95-65 Darrell Johnson Lost World Series to Cincinnati Reds
1976 New York Yankees 97-62 Billy Martin Lost World Series to Cincinnati Reds
1977 New York Yankees 100-62 Billy Martin Won World Series over Los Angeles Dodgers
1978 New York Yankees 100-63 Billy Martin / Bob Lemon Won World Series over Los Angeles Dodgers 2
1979 Baltimore Orioles 102-57 Earl Weaver Lost World Series to Pittsburgh Pirates
1980 New York Yankees 103-59 Dick Howser Lost ALCS to Kansas City Royals
1981 New York Yankees 59-48 Gene Michael / Bob Lemon Lost World Series to Los Angeles Dodgers 3
1982 Milwaukee Brewers 95-67 George Bamberger Lost World Series to St. Louis Cardinals
1983 Baltimore Orioles 98-64 Joe Altobelli Won World Series over Philadelphia Phillies
1984 Detroit Tigers 104-58 Sparky Anderson Won World Series over San Diego Padres
1985 Toronto Blue Jays 99-62 Bobby Cox Lost ALCS to Kansas City Royals
1986 Boston Red Sox 95-66 John McNamara Lost World Series to New York Mets
1987 Detroit Tigers 98-64 Sparky Anderson Lost ALCS to Minnesota Twins
1988 Boston Red Sox 89-73 John McNamara / Joe Morgan Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics
1989 Toronto Blue Jays 89-73 Jimy Williams / Cito Gaston Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics
1990 Boston Red Sox 88-74 Joe Morgan Lost ALCS to Oakland Athletics
1991 Toronto Blue Jays 91-71 Cito Gaston Lost ALCS to Minnesota Twins
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 96-66 Cito Gaston Won World Series over Atlanta Braves
1993 Toronto Blue Jays 95-67 Cito Gaston Won World Series over Philadelphia Phillies
1994 New York Yankees 70-43 Buck Showalter Postseason cancelled 4
1995 Boston Red Sox 86-58 Kevin Kennedy Lost ALDS to Cleveland Indians
1996 New York Yankees 92-70 Joe Torre Won World Series over Atlanta Braves
1997 Baltimore Orioles 98-64 Davey Johnson Lost ALCS to Cleveland Indians
1998 New York Yankees 114-48 Joe Torre Won World Series over San Diego Padres
1999 New York Yankees 98-64 Joe Torre Won World Series over Atlanta Braves
2000 New York Yankees 87-74 Joe Torre Won World Series over New York Mets
2001 New York Yankees 95-65 Joe Torre Lost World Series to Arizona Diamondbacks
2002 New York Yankees 103-58 Joe Torre Lost ALDS to Anaheim Angels
2003 New York Yankees 101-61 Joe Torre Lost World Series to Florida Marlins
2004 New York Yankees 101-61 Joe Torre Lost ALCS to Boston Red Sox
2005 New York Yankees 95-67 Joe Torre Lost ALDS to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5
2006 New York Yankees 97-65 Joe Torre Lost ALDS to Detroit Tigers
2007 Boston Red Sox 96-66 Terry Francona Won World Series over Colorado Rockies
2008 Tampa Bay Rays 97-65 Joe Maddon Lost World Series to Philadelphia Phillies
2009 New York Yankees 103-59 Joe Girardi Won World Series over Philaldelphia Phillies
2010 Tampa Bay Rays 96-66 Joe Maddon Lost ALDS to Texas Rangers
2011 New York Yankees 97-65 Joe Girardi Lost ALDS to Detroit Tigers
2012 New York Yankees 95-67 Joe Girardi Lost ALCS to Detroit Tigers
2013 Boston Red Sox 97-65 John Farrell Won World Series over St. Louis Cardinals
2014 Baltimore Orioles 96-66 Buck Showalter Lost ALCS to Kansas City Royals

Notes:

  1. Season shortened by the 1972 strike; as a result, the Detroit Tigers won the Division title by only 1/2 game over the Boston Red Sox.
  2. The New York Yankees won a one-game playoff with the Boston Red Sox for the Division title.
  3. Split-season format adopted because of the 1981 strike. The New York Yankees won the first-half title and the Milwaukee Brewers won the second half title. The Yankees defeated the Brewers in the Division Series to represent the AL East in the 1981 ALCS.
  4. The 1994 postseason was cancelled because of the 1994 strike; first season played under three-division format.
  5. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox finished with identical records, but New York was awarded the Division title due to its better head-to-head record against Boston.

[edit] Wild Cards

Since the realignment in 1994 the division has consistently been one of the strongest in baseball. Since that season, a team from the AL East has won an AL Wild Card slot 15 times:

[edit] See Also

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