1988: AL East champions
This was the season the Red Sox returned to the postseason for the first time since their disappointing 1986 finish, as Boston took the AL East title by just a game over the Detroit Tigers. The Red Sox held a 43-42 record after the All-Star break, nine games behind the Tigers, and management decided to make a change at manager, firing John McNamara and hiring Joe Morgan.
The Sox would then go on to an incredible end to the summer, and held a 66-50 record just 30 days after Morgan took over and went on to win the division title. The Red Sox were be swept by the Oakland A’s in the ALCS, but the amazing second-half run they went on under their new manager gave way to 1988 being remembered as “Morgan Magic.”