American League West
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 Houston Astros. In 2013, the Houston Astros went from the National League Central to the AL West. That move gives all six MLB divisions an equal five teams and both leagues an equal 15 teams each.
|Sport||Major League Baseball|
|No. of teams||5|
|Most recent AL West champion(s)||Houston Astros|
|Most AL West titles||Oakland Athletics (16)|
- Houston Astros - Joined in 2013; formerly from the NL West (1969–1993) and NL Central (1994–2012)
- Los Angeles Angels – Founding member (as the California Angels)
- Oakland Athletics – Founding member
- Seattle Mariners – Joined in 1977 as an expansion team
- Texas Rangers – Joined in 1972; formerly of the AL East (as the 1961–1971 Washington Senators)
- Chicago White Sox – Founding member; moved to the AL Central in 1994
- Kansas City Royals – Founding member; moved to the AL Central in 1994
- Minnesota Twins – Founding member; moved to the AL Central in 1994
- Milwaukee Brewers – Founding member (as Seattle Pilots); moved to the AL East in 1972, then to the AL Central in 1994. Eventually moved to the NL Central in 1998.
- Place cursor over year for division champion or World Series team.
|AL West Division[A]|
|California Angels||Anaheim Angels[F]|
|Chicago White Sox[E]|
|Kansas City Royals[E]|
|Seattle Pilots[B]||Milwaukee Brewers[C]|
|AL West Division[A]|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[F]||Los Angeles Angels[F]|
|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 yearEdit
- Team names link to the season in which each team played
|AL West champions by year|
|1969||Minnesota Twins (1)||97–65||.599||Lost ALCS to Baltimore, 3–0||First AL West Division Champions|
|1970||Minnesota Twins (2)||98–64||.605||Lost ALCS to Baltimore, 3–0|
|1971||Oakland Athletics (1)||101–61||.627||Lost ALCS to Baltimore, 3–0|
|1972||Oakland Athletics (2)||93–62||.600||Won World Series over Cincinnati, 4–3||First AL West team to win World Series|
|1973||Oakland Athletics (3)||94–68||.580||Won World Series over New York (NL), 4–3||First AL West team to win back to back World Series.|
|1974||Oakland Athletics (4)||90–72||.556||Won World Series over Los Angeles (NL), 4–1||First AL West team to win 3 World Series in a row.|
|1975||Oakland Athletics (5)||98–64||.605||Lost ALCS to Boston, 3–0|
|1976||Kansas City Royals (1)||90–72||.556||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 3–2|
|1977||Kansas City Royals (2)||102–60||.630||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 3–2|
|1978||Kansas City Royals (3)||92–70||.568||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 3–1|
|1979||California Angels (1)||88–74||.543||Lost ALCS to Baltimore, 3–1|
|1980||Kansas City Royals (4)||97–65||.599||Lost World Series to Philadelphia, 4–2|
|1981||Oakland Athletics† (6)||64–45||.587||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 3–0|
|1982||California Angels (2)||93–69||.574||Lost ALCS to Milwaukee, 3–2|
|1983||Chicago White Sox (1)||99–63||.611||Lost ALCS to Baltimore, 3–1|
|1984||Kansas City Royals (5)||84–78||.519||Lost ALCS to Detroit, 3–0|
|1985||Kansas City Royals (6)||91–71||.562||Won World Series over St. Louis, 4–3|
|1986||California Angels (3)||92–70||.568||Lost ALCS to Boston, 4–3|
|1987||Minnesota Twins (3)||85–77||.525||Won World Series over St. Louis, 4–3|
|1988||Oakland Athletics (7)||104–58||.642||Lost World Series to Los Angeles (NL), 4–1|
|1989||Oakland Athletics (8)||99–63||.611||Won World Series over San Francisco, 4–0|
|1990||Oakland Athletics (9)||103–59||.636||Lost World Series to Cincinnati, 4–0|
|1991||Minnesota Twins (4)||95–67||.586||Won World Series over Atlanta, 4–3|
|1992||Oakland Athletics (10)||96–66||.593||Lost ALCS to Toronto, 4–2|
|1993||Chicago White Sox (2)||94–68||.580||Lost ALCS to Toronto, 4–2|
|1994§||No playoffs due to 1994 Major League Baseball strike|
|1995||Seattle Mariners* (1)||79-66||.545||Lost ALCS to Cleveland, 4-2|
|1996||Texas Rangers (1)||90–72||.556||Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3–1|
|1997||Seattle Mariners (2)||90–72||.556||Lost ALDS to Baltimore, 3–1|
|1998||Texas Rangers (2)||88–74||.543||Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3–0|
|1999||Texas Rangers (3)||95–67||.586||Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3–0|
|2000||Oakland Athletics (11)||91–70||.565||Lost ALDS to New York (AL), 3–2|
|2001||Seattle Mariners (3)||116–46||.716||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4–1|
|2002||Oakland Athletics (12)||103–59||.636||Lost ALDS to Minnesota, 3–2|
|2003||Oakland Athletics (13)||96–66||.593||Lost ALDS to Boston, 3–2|
|2004||Anaheim Angels (4)||92–70||.568||Lost ALDS to Boston, 3–0|
|2005||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (5)||95–67||.586||Lost ALCS to Chicago, 4–1|
|2006||Oakland Athletics (14)||93–69||.574||Lost ALCS to Detroit 4–0|
|2007||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (6)||94–68||.580||Lost ALDS to Boston, 3–0|
|2008||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (7)||100–62||.617||Lost ALDS to Boston, 3–1|
|2009||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (8)||97–65||.599||Lost ALCS to New York (AL), 4–2|
|2010||Texas Rangers (4)||90–72||.556||Lost World Series to San Francisco, 4–1|
|2011||Texas Rangers (5)||96–66||.593||Lost World Series to St. Louis, 4–3||First AL West team to lose back to back World Series.|
|2012||Oakland Athletics (15)||94–68||.580||Lost ALDS to Detroit, 3–2|
|2013||Oakland Athletics (16)||96–66||.593||Lost ALDS to Detroit, 3–2|
|2014||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9)||98–64||.605||Lost ALDS to Kansas City, 3–0|
|2015||Texas Rangers (6)||88–74||.543||Lost ALDS to Toronto, 3–2|
|2016||Texas Rangers (7)||95–67||.586||Lost ALDS to Toronto, 3–0|
|2017||Houston Astros (1)||101–61||.623||Won World Series over Los Angeles (NL), 4–3||First AL West team to win World Series with their first AL West Championship|
|2018||Houston Astros (2)||103–59||.636||Lost ALCS to Boston, 4–1|
† – 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.
Wild-card winners producedEdit
- See List of American League Wild Card winners (since 1994)
|2000||Seattle Mariners||91–71||.562||.5||Lost ALCS to New York, 4–2|
|2001||Oakland Athletics||102–60||.630||14||Lost ALDS to New York, 3–2|
|2002||Anaheim Angels||99–63||.611||4||Won World Series over San Francisco, 4–3||First AL West team to Win World Series as a Wild Card|
|2012||Texas Rangers*||93–69||.574||1||Lost ALWC to Baltimore|
|2014||Oakland Athletics*||88–74||.543||10||Lost ALWC to Kansas City|
|2015||Houston Astros*||86–76||.531||2||Lost ALDS to Kansas City, 3–2|
|2018||Oakland Athletics*||97–65||.599||6||Lost ALWC to New York|
* – 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.
AL West statisticsEdit
|Last Year Won||Year (s)|
|Current Teams in Division:|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|Former Teams in Division:|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Chicago White Sox|
|Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers||0||