American League Championship Series
The American League Championship Series (ALCS) is part of the play-offs in Major League Baseball . In it the two winners of the American League Division Series play for the championship of the American League and the entry into the World Series . There the winner meets the winner of the National League Championship Series .
The American League Championship Series was launched in 1969 after the American League was divided into two divisions, East and West. It was a best-of-five series, the winners of which entered the World Series. In 1985 the series was switched to the best-of-seven mode. In 1994 the American League was restructured again and divided into three divisions (East, Central, West). Since then, the participants in the Championship Series have been determined in the preceding American League Division Series , in which the three division winners and a wildcard team take part.
Since the series was expanded to include best-of-seven, it has been played in a 2-3-2 format: Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 (if necessary) are played in the stadium of the team that has the home field advantage (Home Field Advantage ) Has; the remaining games in the opponent's stadium. The series ends as soon as a team has won four wins. Since 1995, the team that has won more games in the regular season has received the Home Field Advantage . However, if this is the wildcard team, the other team receives home advantage. If both teams have the same number of wins, the direct comparison decides. From 1969 to 1993, however, the Home Field Advantage switched between the two divisions.
With the entry of the Texas Rangers into the ALCS 2010, all teams in the American League have now participated in this series at least once. In addition to the current 13 teams, the Milwaukee Brewers , who played in the American League from 1969 to 1997, qualified at least once for this.
The ALCS winner will receive the William Harridge Trophy.
Most Valuable Player Award
Since 1980, the best ALCS player has received the Lee MacPhail Most Valuable Player Award.
|1969||Baltimore Orioles||Minnesota Twins||3–0|
|1970||Baltimore Orioles||Minnesota Twins||3–0|
|1971||Baltimore Orioles||Oakland Athletics||3–0|
|1972||Oakland Athletics||Detroit Tigers||3–2|
|1973||Oakland Athletics||Baltimore Orioles||3–2|
|1974||Oakland Athletics||Baltimore Orioles||3–1|
|1975||Boston Red Sox||Oakland Athletics||3–0|
|1976||New York Yankees||Kansas City Royals||3–2|
|1977||New York Yankees||Kansas City Royals||3–2|
|1978||New York Yankees||Kansas City Royals||3–1|
|1979||Baltimore Orioles||California Angels||3–1|
|1980||Kansas City Royals||New York Yankees||3–0||Frank White , Kansas City|
|1981||New York Yankees||Oakland Athletics||3–0||Graig Nettles , New York|
|1982||Milwaukee Brewers||California Angels||3–2||Fred Lynn , California|
|1983||Baltimore Orioles||Chicago White Sox||3–1||Mike Boddicker , Baltimore|
|1984||Detroit Tigers||Kansas City Royals||3–0||Kirk Gibson , Detroit|
|1985||Kansas City Royals||Toronto Blue Jays||4-3||George Brett , Kansas City|
|1986||Boston Red Sox||California Angels||4-3||Marty Barrett , Boston|
|1987||Minnesota Twins||Detroit Tigers||4–1||Gary Gaetti , Minnesota|
|1988||Oakland Athletics||Boston Red Sox||4-0||Dennis Eckersley , Oakland|
|1989||Oakland Athletics||Toronto Blue Jays||4–1||Rickey Henderson , Oakland|
|1990||Oakland Athletics||Boston Red Sox||4-0||Dave Stewart , Oakland|
|1991||Minnesota Twins||Toronto Blue Jays||4–1||Kirby Puckett , Minnesota|
|1992||Toronto Blue Jays||Oakland Athletics||4-2||Roberto Alomar , Toronto|
|1993||Toronto Blue Jays||Chicago White Sox||4-2||Dave Stewart , Toronto|
|1994||No ALCS because of the player strike.|
|1995||Cleveland Indians||Seattle Mariners||4-2||Orel Hershiser , Cleveland|
|1996||New York Yankees||Baltimore Orioles (toilet)||4–1||Bernie Williams , New York|
|1997||Cleveland Indians||Baltimore Orioles||4-2||Marquis Grissom , Cleveland|
|1998||New York Yankees||Cleveland Indians||4-2||David Wells , New York|
|1999||New York Yankees||Boston Red Sox (toilet)||4–1||Orlando Hernández , New York|
|2000||New York Yankees||Seattle Mariners (toilet)||4-2||David Justice , New York|
|2001||New York Yankees||Seattle Mariners||4–1||Andy Pettitte , New York|
|2002||Anaheim Angels (toilet)||Minnesota Twins||4–1||Adam Kennedy , Anaheim|
|2003||New York Yankees||Boston Red Sox (toilet)||4-3||Mariano Rivera , New York|
|2004||Boston Red Sox (toilet)||New York Yankees||4-3||David Ortiz , Boston|
|2005||Chicago White Sox||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||4–1||Paul Konerko , Chicago|
|2006||Detroit Tigers (toilet)||Oakland Athletics||4-0||Plácido Polanco , Detroit|
|2007||Boston Red Sox||Cleveland Indians||4-3||Josh Beckett , Boston|
|2008||Tampa Bay Rays||Boston Red Sox (toilet)||4-3||Matt Garza , Tampa Bay|
|2009||New York Yankees||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||4-2||CC Sabathia , New York|
|2010||Texas Rangers||New York Yankees (toilet)||4-2||Josh Hamilton , Texas|
|2011||Texas Rangers||Detroit Tigers||4-2||Nelson Cruz , Texas|
|2012||Detroit Tigers||New York Yankees||4-0||Delmon Young , Detroit|
|2013||Boston Red Sox||Detroit Tigers||4-2||Kōji Uehara , Boston|
|2014||Kansas City Royals||Baltimore Orioles||4-0||Lorenzo Cain , Kansas City|
|2015||Kansas City Royals||Toronto Blue Jays||4-2||Alcides Escobar , Kansas City|
|2016||Cleveland Indians||Toronto Blue Jays (toilet)||4–1||Andrew Miller , Cleveland|
|2017||Houston Astros||New York Yankees (toilet)||4-3||Justin Verlander , Houston|
|2018||Boston Red Sox||Houston Astros||4–1||Jackie Bradley Jr. , Boston|
|2019||Houston Astros||New York Yankees||4-2||José Altuve , Houston|
(WC) = Wildcard team (since 1995)
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