For the 16th time in franchise history, the Oakland Athletics have won the AL West Division title.
The A’s are still currently in action against the Twins, but they were able to clinch thanks to the Texas Rangers 4-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Justin Maxwell hit a walk-off grand slam in extra innings to defeat the Rangers.
Oakland’s magic number entering the day was one, so a win or a loss by the Rangers would have given the division to the A’s.
This is a big contrast to last season, when the A’s clinched the division in the final game of the season after sweeping the Rangers. They were 13 games back of Texas at one point, but rallied furiously down the stretch.
But this year, things were much easier. The last time the A’s trailed the Rangers in the division was in early September, and they were three games back on Aug. 30. Since then, they have gone 17-5 and taken over the division by storm. Right now, they are eight games up on the Rangers.
While fans are celebrating, the players still have a game to play. But there will undoubtedly be champagne flowing in the locker room later this afternoon.
This is the A’s 17th postseason birth in Oakland, and the 25th in franchise history.