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American League West
AL West
LeagueAmerican League
SportMajor League Baseball
Founded1969
Teams
No. of teams5
Championships
Most recent champion(s)Oakland Athletics
(17th title)
Most titlesOakland Athletics (17)

The American League West is one of three divisions in Major League Baseball's American League. The division has five teams as of the 2013 season, but had four teams from 1994 to 2012, and had as many as seven teams before the 1994 realignment. Although its teams currently only reside along the west coast and in Texas, historically the division has had teams as far east as Chicago. From 1998 (when the NL West expanded to five teams) to 2012, the AL West was the only MLB division with four teams. The current champion of this division is the Oakland Athletics. In 2013, the Houston Astros went from the National League Central to the AL West.[1] That move gives all six MLB divisions an equal five teams and both leagues an equal 15 teams each.

Division membership

Current members

Former members

Division members

Place cursor over year for division champion or World Series team.
Years
AL West Division[A]
69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04
California Angels Anaheim Angels[F]
Oakland Athletics
Chicago White Sox[E]  
Kansas City Royals[E]  
Minnesota Twins[E]  
Seattle Pilots[B] Milwaukee Brewers[C]  
  Texas Rangers[C]
  Seattle Mariners[D]
AL West Division[A]
05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[F] Los Angeles Angels[F]
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners
  Houston Astros[G]
  Team not in division   Division Won World Series   Division Won AL Championship
A Creation of division due to 1969 expansion, Kansas City and Seattle added.
B Seattle franchise moved to Milwaukee, becoming the Brewers.
C Washington Senators moved to Dallas-Fort Worth, became Texas Rangers and switched divisions with Milwaukee, which moved to the AL East.
D Seattle added in the 1977 league expansion.
E Chicago, Kansas City, and Minnesota moved into the newly created AL Central due to the 1994 realignment.
F In 1997, California Angels become Anaheim Angels. In 2005, Anaheim Angels become Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2016, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim become Los Angeles Angels.
G Houston switches leagues from the NL Central.

Champions by year

  • Team names link to the season in which each team played
Year Winner Record % Playoff Results
1969 Minnesota Twins (1) 97-65 .599 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3-0
1970 Minnesota Twins (2) 98-64 .605 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3-0
1971 Oakland Athletics (1) 101-61 .627 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3-0
1972 Oakland Athletics (2) 93-62 .600 Won ALCS (Tigers) 3-2
Won World Series (Reds) 4-3
1973 Oakland Athletics (3) 94-68 .580 Won ALCS (Orioles) 3-2
Won World Series (Mets) 4-3
1974 Oakland Athletics (4) 90-72 .556 Won ALCS (Orioles) 3-1
Won World Series (Dodgers) 4-1
1975 Oakland Athletics (5) 98-64 .605 Lost ALCS (Red Sox) 3-0
1976 Kansas City Royals (1) 90-72 .556 Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3-2
1977 Kansas City Royals (2) 102-60 .630 Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3-2
1978 Kansas City Royals (3) 92-70 .568 Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3-1
1979 California Angels (1) 88-74 .543 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3-1
1980 Kansas City Royals (4) 97-65 .599 Won ALCS (Yankees) 3-0
Lost World Series (Phillies) 4-2
1981 Oakland Athletics (6)+ 64-45 .587 Won ALDS (Royals) 3-0
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 3-0
1982 California Angels (2) 93-69 .574 Lost ALCS (Brewers) 3-2
1983 Chicago White Sox (1) 99-63 .611 Lost ALCS (Orioles) 3-1
1984 Kansas City Royals (5) 84-78 .519 Lost ALCS (Tigers) 3-0
1985 Kansas City Royals (6) 91-71 .562 Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4-3
Won World Series (Cardinals) 4-3
1986 California Angels (3) 92-70 .568 Lost ALCS (Red Sox) 4-3
1987 Minnesota Twins (3) 85-77 .525 Won ALCS (Tigers) 4-1
Won World Series (Cardinals) 4-3
1988 Oakland Athletics (7) 104-58 .642 Won ALCS (Red Sox) 4-0
Lost World Series (Dodgers) 4-1
1989 Oakland Athletics (8) 99-63 .611 Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4-1
Won World Series (Giants) 4-0
1990 Oakland Athletics (9) 103-59 .636 Won ALCS (Red Sox) 4-0
Lost World Series (Reds) 4-0
1991 Minnesota Twins (4) 95-67 .586 Won ALCS (Blue Jays) 4-1
Won World Series (Braves) 4-3
1992 Oakland Athletics (10) 96-66 .593 Lost ALCS (Blue Jays) 4-2
1993 Chicago White Sox (2) 94-68 .580 Lost ALCS (Blue Jays) 4-2
1994§ No playoffs due to 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike
1995 Seattle Mariners (1)* 79-66 .545 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3-2
Lost ALCS (Indians) 4-2
1996 Texas Rangers (1) 90-72 .556 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3-1
1997 Seattle Mariners (2) 90-72 .556 Lost ALDS (Orioles) 3-1
1998 Texas Rangers (2) 88-74 .543 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3-0
1999 Texas Rangers (3) 95-67 .586 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3-0
2000 Oakland Athletics (11) 91-70 .565 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3-2
2001 Seattle Mariners (3) 116-46 .716 Won ALDS (Indians) 3-2
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4-1
2002 Oakland Athletics (12) 103-59 .636 Lost ALDS (Twins) 3-2
2003 Oakland Athletics (13) 96-66 .593 Lost ALDS (Red Sox) 3-2
2004 Anaheim Angels (4) 92-70 .568 Lost ALDS (Red Sox) 3-0
2005 Los Angeles Angels (5) 95-67 .586 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3-2
Lost ALCS (White Sox) 4-1
2006 Oakland Athletics (14) 93-69 .574 Won ALDS (Twins) 3-0
Lost ALCS (Tigers) 4-0
2007 Los Angeles Angels (6) 94-68 .580 Lost ALDS (Red Sox) 3-0
2008 Los Angeles Angels (7) 100-62 .617 Lost ALDS (Red Sox) 3-1
2009 Los Angeles Angels (8) 97-65 .599 Won ALDS (Red Sox) 3-0
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4-2
2010 Texas Rangers (4) 90-72 .556 Won ALDS (Rays) 3-2
Won ALCS (Yankees) 4-2
Lost World Series (Giants) 4-1
2011 Texas Rangers (5) 96-66 .593 Won ALDS (Rays) 3-1
Won ALCS (Tigers) 4-2
Lost World Series (Cardinals) 4-3
2012 Oakland Athletics (15) 94-68 .580 Lost ALDS (Tigers) 3-2
2013 Oakland Athletics (16) 96-66 .593 Lost ALDS (Tigers) 3-2
2014 Los Angeles Angels (9) 98-64 .605 Lost ALDS (Royals) 3-0
2015 Texas Rangers (6) 88-74 .543 Lost ALDS (Blue Jays) 3-2
2016 Texas Rangers (7) 95-67 .586 Lost ALDS (Blue Jays) 3-0
2017 Houston Astros (1) 101-61 .623 Won ALDS (Red Sox) 3-1
Won ALCS (Yankees) 4-3
Won World Series (Dodgers) 4-3
2018 Houston Astros (2) 103-59 .636 Won ALDS (Indians) 3-0
Lost ALCS (Red Sox) 4-1
2019 Houston Astros (3) 107-55 .660 Won ALDS (Rays) 3-2
Won ALCS (Yankees) 4-2
Lost World Series (Nationals) 4-3
2020++ Oakland Athletics (17) 36-24 .600 Won ALWC (White Sox) 2-1
Lost ALDS (Astros) 3-1

+ - Due to the players' strike, the season was split in two. The Athletics won the first half and defeated the second-half winner, the Kansas City Royals (50 - 53 overall record) to win the division.
§ - Due to the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike, starting on August 12, no official winner was declared. The Texas Rangers were leading in winning percentage at time of the strike.
* - Seattle defeated the California Angels in a one-game playoff for the division title, 9 - 1.
++ - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. By virtue of the eight-team postseason format used for that season, division runner-up Houston (29-31, .483) also qualified for the playoffs. The Houston Astros Won ALWC (Twins) 2-0, Won ALDS (Athletics) 3-1, Lost ALCS (Rays) 4-3.

Wild-card winners produced

See List of American League Wild Card winners (since 1994)
Year Winner Record % GB Playoff Results
2000 Seattle Mariners 91-71 .562 .5 Won ALDS (White Sox) 3-0
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4-2
2001 Oakland Athletics 102-60 .630 14 Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3-2
2002 Anaheim Angels 99-63 .611 4 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3-1
Won ALCS (Twins) 4-1
Won World Series (Giants) 4-3
2012 Texas Rangers* 93-69 .574 1 Lost ALWC (Orioles)
2014 Oakland Athletics* 88-74 .543 10 Lost ALWC (Royals)
2015 Houston Astros* 86-76 .531 2 Won ALWC (Yankees)
Lost ALDS (Royals) 3-2
2018 Oakland Athletics* 97-65 .599 6 Lost ALWC (Yankees)
2019 Oakland Athletics* 97-65 .599 10 Lost ALWC (Rays)

* - Since the 2012 season, each league has had two Wild Card winners. The qualifiers play a single-game playoff to determine who will face the top-seeded team in the American League Division Series.

Season results

(#) Denotes team that won the World Series
(#) Denotes team that won the American League pennant, but lost World Series
(#) Denotes team that qualified for the MLB postseason
Season Team (record)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1969 Minnesota (97-65) Oakland (88-74) California (71-91) Kansas City (69-93) Chicago White Sox (68-94) Seattle (64-98)
1970 Minnesota (98-64) Oakland (89-73) California (86-76) Kansas City (65-97) Milwaukee (65-97) Chicago White Sox (56-106)
1971 Oakland (101-60) Kansas City (85-76) Chicago White Sox (79-83) California (76-86) Minnesota (74-86) Milwaukee (69-92)
1972 Oakland (93-62) Chicago White Sox (87-67) Minnesota (77-77) Kansas City (76-78) California (75-80) Texas (54-100)
1973 Oakland (94-68) Kansas City (88-74) Minnesota (81-81) California (79-83) Chicago White Sox (77-85) Texas (57-105)
1974 Oakland (90-72) Texas (84-76) Minnesota (82-80) Chicago White Sox (80-80) Kansas City (77-85) California (68-94)
1975 Oakland (98-64) Kansas City (91-71) Texas (79-83) Minnesota (76-83) Chicago White Sox (75-86) California (72-89)
1976 Kansas City (90-72) Oakland (87-74) Minnesota (85-77) Texas (76-86) California (76-86) Chicago White Sox (64-97)
1977 Kansas City (102-60) Texas (94-68) Chicago White Sox (90-72) Minnesota (84-77) California (74-88) Seattle (64-98) Oakland (63-98)
1978 Kansas City (92-70) Texas (87-75) California (87-75) Minnesota (73-89) Chicago White Sox (71-90) Oakland (69-93) Seattle (56-104)
1979 California (88-74) Kansas City (85-77) Texas (83-79) Minnesota (82-80) Chicago White Sox (73-87) Seattle (67-95) Oakland (54-108)
1980 Kansas City (97-65) Oakland (83-79) Minnesota (77-84) Texas (76-85) Chicago White Sox (70-90) California (65-95) Seattle (59-103)
1981 Oakland (64-45) Texas (57-48) Chicago White Sox (54-52) Kansas City (50-53) California (51-59) Seattle (44-65) Minnesota (41-68)
1982 California (93-69) Kansas City (90-72) Chicago White Sox (87-75) Seattle (76-86) Oakland (68-94) Texas (64-98) Minnesota (60-102)
1983 Chicago White Sox (99-63) Kansas City (79-83) Texas (77-85) Oakland (74-88) California (70-92) Minnesota (70-92) Seattle (60-102)
1984 Kansas City (84-78) California (81-81) Minnesota (81-81) Oakland (77-85) Chicago White Sox (74-88) Seattle (74-88) Texas (69-92)
1985 Kansas City (91-71) California (90-72) Chicago White Sox (85-77) Minnesota (77-85) Oakland (77-85) Seattle (74-88) Texas (62-99)
1986 California (92-70) Texas (87-75) Kansas City (76-86) Oakland (76-86) Chicago White Sox (72-90) Minnesota (71-91) Seattle (67-95)
1987 Minnesota (85-77) Kansas City (83-79) Oakland (81-81) Seattle (78-84) Chicago White Sox (77-85) Texas (75-87) California (75-87)
1988 Oakland (104-58) Minnesota (91-71) Kansas City (84-77) California (75-87) Chicago White Sox (71-90) Texas (70-91) Seattle (68-93)
1989 Oakland (99-63) Kansas City (92-70) California (91-71) Texas (83-79) Minnesota (80-82) Seattle (73-89) Chicago White Sox (69-92)
1990 Oakland (103-59) Chicago White Sox (94-68) Texas (83-79) California (80-82) Seattle (77-85) Kansas City (75-86) Minnesota (74-88)
1991 Minnesota (95-67) Chicago White Sox (87-75) Texas (85-77) Oakland (84-78) Seattle (83-79) Kansas City (82-80) California (81-81)
1992 Oakland (96-66) Minnesota (90-72) Chicago White Sox (86-76) Texas (77-85) California (72-90) Kansas City (72-90) Seattle (64-98)
1993 Chicago White Sox (94-68) Texas (86-76) Kansas City (84-78) Seattle (82-80) California (71-91) Minnesota (71-91) Oakland (68-94)
1994 Texas (52-62) Oakland (51-63) Seattle (49-63) California (47-68)
1995 (3)Seattle[a] (79-66) California (78-67) Texas (74-70) Oakland (67-77)
1996 (3)Texas (90-72) Seattle (85-76) Oakland (78-84) California (70-91)
1997 (2)Seattle (90-72) Anaheim (84-78) Texas (77-85) Oakland (65-97)
1998 (3)Texas (88-74) Anaheim (85-77) Seattle (76-85) Oakland (74-88)
1999 (3)Texas (95-67) Oakland (87-75) Seattle (79-83) Anaheim (70-92)
2000 (2)Oakland (91-70) (4)Seattle (91-71) Anaheim (82-80) Texas (71-91)
2001 (1)Seattle (116-46) (4)Oakland (102-60) Anaheim (75-87) Texas (73-89)
2002 (2)Oakland (103-59) (4)Anaheim (99-63) Seattle (93-69) Texas (72-90)
2003 (2)Oakland (96-66) Seattle (93-69) Anaheim (77-85) Texas (71-91)
2004 (2)Anaheim[b] (92-70) Oakland (91-71) Texas (89-73) Seattle (63-99)
2005 (2)L.A. Angels[c] (95-67) Oakland (88-74) Texas (79-83) Seattle (69-93)
2006 (3)Oakland (93-69) L.A. Angels (89-73) Texas (80-82) Seattle (78-84)
2007 (3)L.A. Angels (94-68) Seattle (88-74) Oakland (76-86) Texas (75-87)
2008 (1)L.A. Angels (100-62) Texas (79-83) Oakland (75-86) Seattle (61-101)
2009 (2)L.A. Angels (97-65) Texas (87-75) Seattle (85-77) Oakland (75-87)
2010 (3)Texas (90-72) Oakland (81-81) L.A. Angels (80-82) Seattle (61-101)
2011 (2)Texas (96-66) L.A. Angels (86-76) Oakland (74-88) Seattle (67-95)
2012 (2)Oakland (94-68) (4)Texas (93-69) L.A. Angels (89-73) Seattle (75-87)
2013 (2)Oakland (96-66) Texas[d] (91-72) L.A. Angels (78-84) Seattle (71-91) Houston (51-111)
2014 (1)L.A. Angels (98-64) (5)Oakland (88-74) Seattle (87-75) Houston (70-92) Texas (67-95)
2015 (3)Texas (88-74) (5)Houston (86-76) L.A. Angels (85-77) Seattle (76-86) Oakland (68-94)
2016 (1)Texas (95-67) Seattle (86-76) Houston (84-78) L.A. Angels (74-88) Oakland (69-93)
2017 (2)Houston (101-61) L.A. Angels (80-82) Seattle (78-84) Texas (78-84) Oakland (75-87)
2018 (2)Houston (103-59) (5)Oakland (97-65) Seattle (89-73) L.A. Angels (80-82) Texas (67-95)
2019 (2)Houston (107-55) (4)Oakland (97-65) Texas (78-84) L.A. Angels (72-90) Seattle (68-94)
  • 2020: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was shortened to 60 games. The postseason field was expanded to eight teams and the wild-card round became a best-of-three series.
2020 (2)Oakland (36-24) (6)Houston (29-31) Seattle (27-33) L.A. Angels (26-34) Texas (22-38)
Notes and Tiebreakers
  • a Seattle and California were tied for the division championship and played in a tie-breaker game. The Mariners won 9-1 to claim the division crown.
  • b Anaheim and Minnesota of the American League Central were tied for the second and third seed but the Angels claimed the second seed by winning the season series 5-4.
  • c Los Angeles and New York of the American League East were tied for the second and third seed but the Angels claimed the second seed by winning the season series 6-4.
  • d Texas and Tampa Bay of the American League East were tied for the second wild-card berth and played in a tie-breaker game. The Rangers lost 5-2 and were eliminated from postseason contention.

AL West statistics

Team Division
Championships
Last Year Won Year (s)
Current Teams in Division:
Oakland Athletics
17
2020
1971-1975, 1981, 1988-1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2020
Los Angeles Angels
9
2014
1979, 1982, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2007-2009, 2014
Texas Rangers
7
2016
1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
Seattle Mariners
3
2001
1995, 1997, 2001
Houston Astros
3
2019
2017-2019
Former Teams in Division:
Kansas City Royals
6
1985
1976-1978 1980, 1984, 1985
Minnesota Twins
4
1991
1969, 1970, 1987, 1991
Chicago White Sox
2
1993
1983, 1993
Milwaukee Brewers 0

See also

References

  1. ^ "Houston Astros' sale approved by MLB". Associated Press. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ The Angels were formerly known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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