American League East

Writers have posited that the American League East is the toughest division in MLB;[1][2] throughout its 46-year existence, an East division team has gone on to play at the World Series 25 times, and 14 of those teams are crowned World Series champions. Since the 1995 season once the wild-card playoff berth was introduced, the AL East has produced the wild-card team for the American League in 13 out of the 17 years (the West branch three, along with the Central division just one).
When the Major Leagues divide into branches for the 1969 season, the American League, unlike the National League, split its 12 teams strictly on geography. The six teams located in the Eastern Time Zone were placed in the East branch, and another six were put in the West branch.
In September 1971, American League owners approved the move of the second Washington Senators franchise to Arlington, Texas to become the Texas Rangers. The owners then debated if the Chicago White Sox or Milwaukee Brewers should proceed to the East division for 1972, with the Rangers moving to the West. The White Sox asked that they are moved to the East, saying they were a first American League franchise and wanted to play games from other old-line A.L. teams, five of which were at the East.
The Oakland Athletics objected to moving the White Sox into the East; owner Charlie Finley was a Chicago native who desired to continue to make three trips per season with his club into the Windy City. The Minnesota Twins went a step farther and flocked to switching either the White Sox or Brewers. The Twins wanted to keep nearby Chicago and Milwaukee as division rivals, citing the National League’s lack of geographical accuracy in forming its divisions as a reason why the Rangers shouldn’t have been shifted out of the East. The Twins also noted the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys played in the NFC East.
The White Sox’ pleas fell on deaf ears, along with the Brewers, who started as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, were transferred into the East.
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