American League Central

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One of six divisions in Major League Baseball.

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National League Central

One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

In 1998, the NL Central became the largest division in Major League Baseball when the Milwaukee Brewers were moved in from the American League Central.

American League West

One of three divisions in Major League Baseball's American League.

Sport in childhood. Association football, shown above, is a team sport which also provides opportunities to nurture physical fitness and social interaction skills.

Chicago White Sox – Founding member; moved to the AL Central in 1994

National League East

One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

Along with the American League Central it is one of two divisions to have every member win at least one World Series title.

American League East

One of six divisions in Major League Baseball (MLB).

A partial view of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, with the final standings of the AL East at the conclusion of the season
The New York Yankees celebrating their 2009 World Series championship

As part of the 1994 realignment, Cleveland and Milwaukee were moved to the newly created AL Central, reducing the AL East to five teams.

1994–95 Major League Baseball strike

The eighth work stoppage in baseball history, as well as the fourth in-season work stoppage in 22 years.

Greg Maddux pitching for the Atlanta Braves at Mile High Stadium in the final game of the 1994 season
Kevin Millar had no Major League experience before becoming a replacement player

In fact, the two last place teams in the other American League divisions (namely, the Detroit Tigers of the AL East and Milwaukee Brewers of the AL Central) had better records than the Rangers.

Chicago White Sox

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

1919 "Black Sox" team photo
Ed Walsh holds the record for lowest career earned run average (ERA), 1.82
Al López, manager of the "Go-Go Sox"
Harold Baines at the plate in 1986
Frank Thomas in 1997
The White Sox celebrate after winning a tie-breaker game against the Minnesota Twins for a spot in the 2008 playoffs
View from the upper deck of U.S. Cellular Field in 2006
Batting practice at Comiskey Park, 1986
The 1912–1917, 1919–1929, 1931, and 1936–1938 Chicago White Sox logo
Uniform design from 1971–1975
Alternate logo, used on the road uniform (1991–2010) and on the black alternate uniform (1993–present).
Eddie Murphy, John "Shano" Collins, Joe Jackson, Happy Felsch, and Nemo Leibold in their dugout during the 1917 World Series
Luis Aparicio (1956–62, 1968–70)
Luke Appling (1930–43, 1945–50)
Carlton Fisk (1981–1993)
Nellie Fox (1950–1963)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1915–1920)
Ted Lyons (1923–1942, 1946)
Minnie Miñoso (1951–57, 1960–61, 1964, 1976, 1980)
Bill Veeck, White Sox owner (1959–61, 1975–80) who revolutionized baseball by introducing many innovations in promotion
Southpaw
Fielder Jones of the White Sox hits the ball against Cubs at West Side Grounds, 1905
Elson in the 1940s
Harrelson in the broadcast booth in 2007

The White Sox compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

Cleveland Guardians

American professional baseball team based in Cleveland.

The team is named after the eight Guardians of Traffic statues displayed on the Hope Memorial Bridge next to their home field.
Cy Young on a 1911 baseball card
Nap Lajoie, who won the 1903 American League Batting Championship with the Indians, was the team's namesake from 1903 to 1915, and is an MLB Hall of Famer.
1909 Cleveland Naps
Tris Speaker on a 1933 baseball card
Bob Feller; winner of the A.L. pitching Triple Crown in 1940, member of the 1948 World Series Championship team, the Indians all-time leader in wins and strikeouts, and an MLB Hall of Famer.
Logo from 1946 to 1950
Lou Boudreau, 1948 American League MVP
Al Rosen, 1953 Most Valuable Player.
Herb Score – who was the 1955 American League Rookie of the Year, a two-time A.L. All-Star, and after his playing career went on to be the longest-tenured announcer in club history, serving 34 seasons (1964–1997) as a member of the Indians broadcast team.
In 1975, Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in MLB history
Slider, the team mascot since 1990
Progressive Field in 2008
Kenny Lofton in 1996
Mark Shapiro – Indians GM from 2001 to 2010, President from 2010 to 2015, and two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year.
CC Sabathia won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award with the Indians.
Sabathia's teammate Cliff Lee won the AL Cy Young Award in 2008.
Mike Chernoff, who has served as Indians/Guardians' general manager since 2015.
Manager Terry Francona, who in his tenure with the Indians/Guardians is a two-time AL Manager of the Year (2013, 2016), led the team to the 2016 AL Championship, and is the all-time franchise leader in wins by a manager.
Corey Kluber, who is a two-time AL Cy Young Award winner with the Indians (2014, 2017).
Shane Bieber, who won the 2020 AL Cy Young Award, giving the team five winners in 14 seasons.
The Ohio Cup trophy
Guardians wordmark logo, featured on the team's home uniforms
Cleveland in "diamond C" font is featured on the team's road uniforms
Chief Wahoo logo used from 1950 through 2018
"Block C" logo used secondarily from 2014 until 2019, then as the team's primary logo from 2019 through 2021 - the final three years under the Indians name
Guardians TV announcer Matt Underwood (seated, center) and longtime lead radio announcer Tom Hamilton (right)
Earl Averill
Larry Doby
Mel Harder
Joe Sewell
Jim Thome

The Guardians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

Detroit Tigers

American professional baseball team based in Detroit.

1900 Detroit Tigers team photo
Logo (1901 to 1902)
Ty Cobb in 1913
1908 World Series program
Hank Greenberg
Hal Newhouser
Hall of Fame member Al Kaline, nicknamed "Mr. Tiger" (1953–1974), was an 18× All-Star
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Mickey Lolich was the 1968 World Series MVP
Willie Horton (1963–1977) had his No. 23 retired by the club
Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, 1976 AL Rookie of the Year
Sparky Anderson was the manager of the Tigers from 1979 to 1995
Kirk Gibson, a Michigan State alumni, hit the clinching home run in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series
1984 World Series MVP, Alan Trammell (SS)
Cecil Fielder in 1996
The entrance sign of Comerica Park
Magglio Ordóñez hit a walk-off home run to clinch the 2006 AL pennant
Curtis Granderson in 2007
Justin Verlander, June 2008
Alex Avila, March 2010
In 2012, Miguel Cabrera became the first Major League player to win the Triple Crown in 45 years.
Delmon Young (left) and Prince Fielder (right) in 2012
Jim Leyland, manager from 2006 to 2013
Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1999 at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues in the Corktown district of Detroit
Tigers opening day 2007; view from section 324 at Comerica Park
Outfielder Ron LeFlore wearing the traditional Tigers home uniform with navy blue piping down the front and an Old English "D" on the left chest
Mickey Cochrane
Sam Crawford
Charlie Gehringer
Harry Heilmann
George Kell
Lou Whitaker
Ernie Harwell (Tigers broadcaster: 1960–2002)

The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division.

Kansas City Royals

American professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri.

A game versus the White Sox at Royals Stadium, September 1976
The Royals wore their trademark powder blue road uniforms from 1973 to 1991 and reintroduced it in 2008 as an alternate jersey.
The baseball bat used by third baseman George Brett in the "Pine Tar Incident" on July 24, 1983
George Brett bats during a 1990 game at Royals Stadium.
Kauffman Stadium underwent renovations in 2009, including the addition of a high-definition scoreboard.
Zack Greinke did not allow an earned run in the first 24 innings of the 2009 season.
Royals celebrating winning the 2015 World Series
Alex Gordon
Amos Otis
Dan Quisenberry
Jackie Robinson (#42 retired throughout MLB) played for the Negro League's Kansas City Monarchs
Frank White

The Royals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division.

Minnesota Twins

American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis.

Washington's Bucky Harris scores on his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 of the 1924 World Series.
President Calvin Coolidge (left) and Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson (right) shake hands following the Senators' 1924 championship.
The Minneapolis Millers (1884–1960) and St. Paul Saints (1901–1960; team photo of 1920 pictured) of AAA played in Minnesota before the arrival of the Twins in 1961
Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, 1964
The Metrodome, 2007
President Ronald Reagan congratulates the Twins winning the 1987 World Series
Justin Morneau, drafted in 1999 by the Twins, won the AL MVP award in 2006
Joe Nathan won the Rolaids Relief Man Award in 2009
Miguel Sanó, infielder (2015–present)
The Metrodome in 2006.
Target Field in 2010.
Rod Carew
Harmon Killebrew
Joe Mauer
Tony Oliva
Kirby Puckett
Target Field retired number signs in 2010.
Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven played 11 seasons for the Twins.

The Twins compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central Division.