An Overview of the MLB AL West Division

Charles “Chuck” Scroggs of Rockwall County, Texas, currently serves as president of Southwest Scaffolding, LLC, and C and D Commercial Services, Inc. Beyond running his Rockwall County businesses, Chuck Scroggs is particularly supportive of the Texas Rangers, who play in the American League Western Division, more commonly referred to as the AL West.

The AL West is one of the three American League divisions and six total divisions that make up Major League Baseball (MLB). Of the six teams that initially comprised the division in 1969, only the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Oakland Athletics (Oakland A’s) remain, though Anaheim played as the Californian Angels at the time. The other founding AL West teams include the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins, and the Seattle Pilots, later renamed as the Milwaukee Brewers.

In addition to the A’s and Angels, the current division features the Seattle Mariners and two Texas teams, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. The A’s have won the division a record 16 times, followed by the Angels at 9 and the Rangers with 5 division wins. The AL West division has produced eight World Series winners, including the Angels in 2002, a squad that became only the second wild card team ever to win the World Series.

Texas Rangers Sign Andy Ibanez of Cuba

A resident of Rockwall County, Texas, Charles “Chuck” Scroggs serves as the president of both C and D Commercial Services, Inc., and Southwest Scaffolding, LLC. In addition to his work in and around Rockwall County, Chuck Scroggs enjoys fishing, horseback riding, and cheering on his favorite MLB team, the Texas Rangers.

In a recent press release, the Texas Rangers organization announced that it reached a $1.6 million deal to sign 22-year-old infielder Andy Ibanez of Cuba. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound second baseman was granted free agency in February 2015. However, Ibanez had trouble negotiating a deal due to the timing of his reclassification combined with the regulations surrounding international bonus pools.

For the last three seasons Ibanez has played in Cuba’s top league, where he maintained a .283 batting average and hit 13 home runs. He is a skilled infielder and base runner with the potential to fill up the stat sheet with stolen bases. In signing with the Rangers, Ibanez joins the team’s two other recently-signed international players, Leodys Taveras of the Dominican Republic and Miguel Aparicio of Venezuela.