The American League Central Division is one of Major League Baseball's six divisions.
Lineup for 1994-1997
Changes from 1993
- Creation of division due to 1994 MLB realignment
- The Chicago White Sox, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins moved in from the AL West
- The Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers moved in from the AL East
Changes from 1997
- The Detroit Tigers moved in from the AL East
- The Milwaukee Brewers moved into the NL Central
AL Central champions by year
|1994||Chicago White Sox§||67-46||.593||No Playoffs|
|1995||Cleveland Indians||100-44||.694||Lost World Series to Atlanta, 4-2|
|1996||Cleveland Indians||99-62||.615||Lost ALDS to Baltimore, 3-1|
|1997||Cleveland Indians||86-75||.534||Lost World Series to Florida, 4-3|
|1998||Cleveland Indians||89-73||.549||Lost ALCS to New York, 4-2|
|1999||Cleveland Indians||97-65||.599||Lost ALDS to Boston, 3-2|
|2000||Chicago White Sox||95-67||.586||Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3-0|
|2001||Cleveland Indians||91-71||.562||Lost ALDS to Seattle, 3-2|
|2002||Minnesota Twins||94-67||.584||Lost ALCS to Anaheim, 4-1|
|2003||Minnesota Twins||90-72||.556||Lost ALDS to New York, 3-1|
|2004||Minnesota Twins||92-70||.568||Lost ALDS to New York, 3-1|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||99-63||.611||Won World Series over Houston, 4-0|
|2006||Minnesota Twins||96-66||.593||Lost ALDS to Oakland, 3-0|
§ - Due to the players' strike, no official winner was awarded. Chicago was leading at the strike.
Wild card winners produced
|1994||Cleveland Indians§||66-47||.584||1||No Playoffs|
|2006||Detroit Tigers||95-67||.586||1||Lost World Series to St. Louis, 4-1|
§ - Due to the players' strike, no official wild card winner was awarded. Cleveland was leading the wild card at the strike.
AL Central Titles Won By Team
|Team||Number of Championships Won||Last Year Won|
|Chicago White Sox||2||2005|
Because of the dominance of Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the AL East as well as AL Central having been the weakest division in American League, this division was the last division in baseball to successfully produce a wild card team in 2006, 12 years after its creation. In 2006, the division has gained the reputation of being the toughest in baseball with the records and play of the Tigers, Twins and White Sox. On September 24, 2006, a victory by the Twins guaranteed the wild card would come from the division, eliminating the BoSox of the American League East from Wild Card contention and ending a four-year streak of wild card appearances by the Red Sox. The Twins eliminated the White Sox from playoff contention on September 25 and then squeaked by the Tigers on the last day of the regular season to give the Tigers the wild card slot.
The Chicago White Sox are the only team from the division that has won the World Series (since the inception of the division).
- American League East
- American League West
- National League East
- National League Central
- National League West