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Oakland A’s on top again

The Oakland A’s won their 16th division title in the 44 years since baseball changed to the divisional format in 1969, second only to the 17 titles won by the Yankees and Braves. And they’ve usually done it on the cheap; in the 10 titles won since 1988 their payroll ranked in the top 10 only twice and in the six won since 2000 their payroll was never higher than 21st.

Year: 2013 | HR leader: Brandon Moss 28 | Top pitcher: A. Bartolo Colon 17-6

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Year: 2012 | HR leader: Josh Reddick 32 | Top pitcher: Jarrod Parker 13-8

Year: 2006 | HR leader: Frank Thomas 39 | Top pitcher: Barry Zito 16-10

Year: 2003 | HR leader: Eric Chavez 29 | Top pitcher: Mark Mulder 17-8

Year: 2002 | HR leader: Chavez, Miguel Tejada 34 | Top pitcher: Zito 23-5

Year: 2000 | HR leader: Jason Giambi 43 | Top pitcher: Tim Hudson 20-6

Year: 1992 | HR leader: Mark McGwire 42 | Top pitcher: Mike Moore 17-12

Year: 1990 | HR leader: McGwire 39 | Top pitcher: Bob Welch 27-6

Year: 1989 | HR leader: McGwire 33 | Top pitcher: Dave Stewart 21-9

Year: 1988 | HR leader: Jose Canseco 42 | Top pitcher: Stewart 21-12

Year: 1981* | HR leader: Tony Armas 22 | Top pitcher: Steve McCatty 14-7

Year: 1975 | HR leader: Reggie Jackson 36 | Top pitcher: Vida Blue 22-11

Year: 1974 | HR leader: Jackson 29 | Top pitcher: Catfish Hunter 25-12

Year: 1973 | HR leader: Jackson 32 | Top pitcher: Hunter 21-5

Year: 1972 | HR leader: Mike Epstein 26 | Top pitcher: Hunter 21-7

Year: 1971 | HR leader: Jackson 32 | Top pitcher: Blue 24-8

* strike-shortened split season; A’s had top overall record in AL

TEAMS WITH THE MOST DIVISIONAL TITLES

Yankees: 17

Braves: 17

A’s: 16

Dodgers: 11

Phillies: 11

Cardinals: 10

Reds: 10

Twins: 10

Pirates: 9

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