The Minnesota Twins topped off a year in which they won the American League Central with additional championships in the Joe Cronin League and the Bud Selig West. The Twins won the Cronin by 3½ games over the New York Yankees. The Texas Rangers, who actually won the American League pennant, finished third in the Cronin.
By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles
The Minnesota Twins had a big year in 2010, winning not only the American League Central Division, but something of a double championship in these idiosyncratic half-leagues, taking the Joe Cronin League and the Bud Selig West.
In the Joe Cronin League, which consists of American League teams in one man's proximity from time to time, the Twins won by 3½ games over the New York Yankees. Out of six teams in the Joe Cronin League, three went were among the four that went to the American League playoffs, so this was a tough group.
The other AL playoff team in this mix, the Texas Rangers, finished third in the Joe Cronin League, seven games behind the Twins.
In the real American League competition, the Yankees actually had the best record among the Joe Cronin group, even though they went in as the wildcard with 95 wins. The Twins finished the AL season with 94 wins, while the Rangers won the AL West with 90 victories.
The Twins also won the Bud Selig West, which is the western half of the blend of teams from the Joe Cronin and Chub Feeney Leagues.