National League Central

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The National League Central is one of Major League Baseball's six divisions.wikipedia
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Cincinnati Reds

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

Chicago Cubs

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

Houston Astros

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
The Astros play in the AL West division, but had played in the NL from 1962 until 2012, first in the West division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central division from 1994 to 2012.

St. Louis Cardinals

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
The Cardinals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

National League East

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).
When the National League realigned into three divisions in 1994, the Pittsburgh Pirates were originally supposed to stay in the East while the Braves were to be moved to the newly created National League Central.

Milwaukee Brewers

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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.
They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division.

American League West

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In 2013, the Astros moved to the American League West.
In 2013, the Houston Astros went from the National League Central to the AL West.

National League West

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This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).

1994 Cincinnati Reds season

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Cincinnati was leading by half a game over Houston at the time of the strike.
The Cincinnati Reds were leading the National League Central division by a half game before a strike ended the 1994 Major League Baseball season.

1994 Houston Astros season

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Cincinnati was leading by half a game over Houston at the time of the strike.
It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the inaugural season of the National League Central division; they finished in second place.

American League Central

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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.
*Milwaukee Brewers – Founding member, moved into the NL Central in 1998

1995 Cincinnati Reds season

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It consisted of the Reds winning the National League Central, and the National League Division Series in three straight games over the Los Angeles Dodgers before losing the National League Championship Series in four games to the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

Major League Baseball

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The National League Central is one of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

1996 St. Louis Cardinals season

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During the first year of the William DeWitt, Jr. era, the Cardinals went 88-74 during the season and won their first-ever National League Central division title by six games over the Houston Astros.

1997 Houston Astros season

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The Houston Astros won their first-ever National League Central division title, giving them their first playoff berth in 11 years.

1998 Houston Astros season

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The Astros won their second consecutive National League Central title.

1999 Houston Astros season

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The Astros won their third consecutive National League Central division title.

2000 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The Cardinals went 95-67 during the season, their best finish since 1987, and won the National League Central division by ten games over the Cincinnati Reds.

2001 Houston Astros season

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– finished with the same record as the Houston Astros, but Houston won the season series vs. the Cardinals that year, and were given the higher seed in the playoffs.
It involved the Houston Astros winning the National League Central.

2002 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The Cardinals went 97-65 during the season and won the National League Central division by 13 games over the Houston Astros.

2003 Chicago Cubs season

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The Cubs went 88–74 during the 2003 season and won the National League Central Division for the first time since the division's formation in 1994, and the team's first division title since its 1989 NL East title.

2000 National League Championship Series

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They had won the National League Central division, and swept the Mets' fiercest rival, Atlanta Braves, in three games in the NL Division Series, making the Mets' run to the World Series much easier.

2004 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The Cardinals went 105-57 during the season, the most wins of any Cardinals team since 1944, and the first Cardinal team to win 100 or more games since 1985, and won the National League Central division by 13 games over the NL Wild-Card Champion Houston Astros.

2004 World Series

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The Cardinals earned their berth into the playoffs by winning the NL Central division title, and had the best win–loss record in the NL.