The Rangers were on top of the American League West for 178 days this season, but the A's dethroned them just in time. The 178 days the Rangers spent in first place are the most by any team that did not end up winning the division since divisional play began in 1969.
The A's held sole possession of first place in the AL West for just one day -- the one that counted the most -- after defeating the Rangers, 12-5, on Wednesday. "If there ever was a good day to do that, it's today," manager Bob Melvin said of spending one day in first place.
Oakland became the first team in Major League history to win a division or pennant after having trailed by five or more games with fewer than 10 games remaining, and just the third team in history to clinch a division or pennant after having spent just one day in sole possession of first place, joining the 2006 Twins and 1951 Giants.
The A's are the fifth team in history to erase a deficit of 13 games on the way to a division title, having trailed the Rangers by 13 games as of June 30 before going a Major League-best 57-26 (.687) since, while Texas went 43-40 (.518). Oakland joins the 1914 Braves, 1978 Yankees, 1951 Giants and 1995 Mariners in having mounted such comebacks.
Trailing the Rangers by five games as of Sept. 24, the A's ended the regular season by going 6-0 in their final homestand, sweeping both the Mariners and the Rangers.
The 94 wins this season is the 10th most in team history.
This is the A's 15th AL West title.
The A's spent a total of four days of the season tied for first place this year. The only other division or pennant winners to have spent five days or fewer with a share of first place are the 1951 Giants (three days), 2006 Twins (four) and 2007 Phillies (five).
The last time the A's made it to the postseason. Oakland swept Minnesota, 3-0 in the AL Division Series, but fell to Detroit, 4-0, in the AL Championship Series.