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AL Central Notes: Cleveland wins the division, White Sox part with Ventura

Get the lowdown on what’s going on around the American League Central.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians are your 2016 American League Central winners. Becoming the No. 2 overall seed in the American League is no walk in the park. So how did they do it? Spoiler alert: It takes much more than just “having a good team” to win games.

The Indians will take on the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, October 6th, at 8:08PM EST. They’ll have home field advantage at Progressive Field.

Not even 24 hours after their season ended, the White Sox split with manager Robin Ventura. Instead of a long and grueling search for a new manager, bench coach Rick Renteria will assume the role for the 2017 season. Renteria was previously the Cubs manager for one season.

The Tigers were set to have a powerhouse team this year—and then the injury parade roared through Detroit. It’s almost a miracle that the team finished only eight games back. So what does that mean for next year?

With the Twins season finishing an abysmal at best season, it’s time to remember the good ol’ days, like 2006.

In some news we can all pretend to be quietly shocked over, the Royals will see a dip in their payroll. Talk about insult to injury.

Final American League Central Standings

Indians 94-67 AL Central Champs

Tigers 86-75 Finished 8GB

Royals 81-81 Finished 13.5GB

White Sox 78-84 Finished 16.5GB

Twins 59-103 Finished 35.5GB