AL Central Division
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:
1998-present: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins.
After the 2021 season, the Cleveland team became known as the Cleveland Guardians.
- The 1994 postseason was cancelled because of the 1994 strike.
- The Chicago White Sox won a one-game playoff with the Minnesota Twins for the Division title.
- The Minnesota Twins won a one-game playoff with the Detroit Tigers for the Division title.
- Season shortened by the Coronavirus pandemic; a special Postseason format was used.
The American League Wild Card team has come from the Central Division 5 times since 1995:
- 2006 Detroit Tigers Lost World Series to St. Louis Cardinals
- 2013 Cleveland Indians
- 2014 Kansas City Royals Lost World Series to San Francisco Giants
- 2017 Minnesota Twins
- 2020 Cleveland Indians (2nd place) and Chicago White Sox (Wild Card)