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The National League Central Division, also called the NL Central was created in 1994 when Major League Baseball realigned into six divisions. This created Central Divisions in both the American League and National League. A realignment occurred after the expansion of 1998, in order to have an even number of teams in both leagues.

The National League Central Division has contained the following teams:

1994-1997: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals

1998-2012: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals

2013-: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals

The National League Central was the only division numbering 6 teams, from 1998 to 2012; the other 5 divisions contained either 5 or 4 teams. That changed when the Houston Astros moved to the AL West following the 2012 season.

[edit] Division Champions

Year Champion Record Manager Postseason Notes
1994 Cincinnati Reds 66-48 Davey Johnson Postseason cancelled 1
1995 Cincinnati Reds 85-59 Davey Johnson Lost NLCS to Atlanta Braves
1996 St. Louis Cardinals 88-74 Tony LaRussa Lost NLCS to Atlanta Braves
1997 Houston Astros 84-78 Larry Dierker Lost NLDS to Atlanta Braves
1998 Houston Astros 102-60 Larry Dierker Lost NLDS to San Diego Padres
1999 Houston Astros 97-65 Larry Dierker Lost NLDS to Atlanta Braves
2000 St. Louis Cardinals 95-67 Tony LaRussa Lost NLCS to New York Mets
2001 Houston Astros 93-69 Larry Dierker Lost NLDS to Atlanta Braves 2
2002 St. Louis Cardinals 97-65 Tony LaRussa Lost NLCS to San Francisco Giants
2003 Chicago Cubs 88-74 Dusty Baker Lost NLCS to Florida Marlins
2004 St. Louis Cardinals 105-57 Tony LaRussa Lost World Series to Boston Red Sox
2005 St. Louis Cardinals 100-62 Tony LaRussa Lost NLCS to Houston Astros
2006 St. Louis Cardinals 83-78 Tony LaRussa Won World Series over Detroit Tigers
2007 Chicago Cubs 85-77 Lou Piniella Lost NLDS to Arizona Diamondbacks
2008 Chicago Cubs 97-64 Lou Piniella Lost NLDS to Los Angeles Dodgers
2009 St. Louis Cardinals 91-71 Tony LaRussa Lost NLDS to Los Angeles Dodgers
2010 Cincinnati Reds 91-71 Dusty Baker Lost NLDS to Philadelphia Phillies
2011 Milwaukee Brewers 96-66 Ron Roenicke Lost NLCS to St. Louis Cardinals
2012 Cincinnati Reds 97-65 Dusty Baker Lost NLDS to San Francisco Giants
2013 St. Louis Cardinals 97-65 Mike Matheny Lost World Series to Boston Red Sox

Notes:

  1. The 1994 postseason was cancelled because of the 1994 strike; the Cincinnati Reds were only 1/2 game ahead of the Houston Astros when play was suspended.
  2. The Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals finished with identical records; the Astros were awarded the Division title because of a better head-to-head record.

[edit] Wild Cards

The National League Central has provided 9 teams as one of the National League Wild Card since 1995 ; in 2013, it was the first division to provide both wild card teams after the introduction of the Wild Card Game:

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