The President's Day Precedent, Part 2

(BoopNote: Earlier Monday afternoon, we looked at how the top NHL teams have fared in the Stanley Cup playoffs recently. Here we ... painfully ... look at the same thing for baseball. We touch on the NFL (7 p.m.) and NBA (8 p.m.) later Monday evening and wrap it all up in one neat package (9 p.m.) before you hit the sheets.)

Only twice in the last 13 seasons has the baseball team (or teams) that finished with the best record sustained that through to a World Series title. The Phillies had a chance to do that in each of the last two years, but failed (as though you really needed to read that again). In fact, just five of the last 25 World Series winners had the best regular season record.

Here we look back to 2000:

Season     Team Record     Pct. Eliminated in Champion
2011 Phillies 102-60 .630    Division Series Cardinals
2010 Phillies   97-65 .599 NLCS Giants
2009 Yankees 103-59 .636 Yankees
2008 Angels 100-62 .617 Division Series    Phillies
2007 Red Sox
Indians
  96-66
  96-66
.593
.593

ALCS
Red Sox
2006 Mets
Yankees
  97-65
  97-65
.599
.599
NLCS
Division Series
Cardinals
2005 Cardinals    100-62 .617 NLCS White Sox
2004 Cardinals 105-57 .648 World Series Red Sox
2003 Yankees
Braves
101-61
101-61
.623
.623
World Series
Division Series
Marlins
2002 Yankees 103-58 .640 Division Series Angels
2001 Mariners 116-46 .716 ALCS Diamondbacks   
2000 Giants   97-65 .599 Division Series Yankees