Braves win 21st division title, most in MLB history

September 30, 2021 Atlanta - Atlanta Braves players celebrate their victory at Truist Park on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Atlanta Braves won 5-3 over Philadelphia Phillies. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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September 30, 2021 Atlanta - Atlanta Braves players celebrate their victory at Truist Park on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Atlanta Braves won 5-3 over Philadelphia Phillies. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

The Braves clinched their fourth consecutive National League East title Thursday, extending their lengthy list of pennants. Their 21 division titles are the most in MLB history, ahead of the Yankees and Dodgers, who each have 19.

The Yankees won’t add to their total this season after the Rays won the American League East for the second consecutive season. The Dodgers’ streak of eight consecutive NL West titles is in danger, as Los Angeles trailed the Giants by two games, with three games to play entering Friday.

The Braves hold the record with 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. If the Dodgers are unseated in the NL West, the current Braves also will hold MLB’s longest active streak at four consecutive division titles.

The 2021 Braves could have the fewest wins as a division winner over a full season in franchise history. The lowest total for a division-winning Braves team over a full campaign is 88 wins, set in 2001. These Braves have 86 wins with a three-game series against the Mets on deck for this weekend. This is the third time the Braves have won a division with less than 90 victories (2001, 1982).

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