Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The President's Day Precedent, Part 2

How baseball's best team has fared in the postseason.

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

Red Sox
2006 Mets
Division Series
2005 Cardinals    100-62 .617 NLCS White Sox
2004 Cardinals 105-57 .648 World Series Red Sox
2003 Yankees
World Series
Division Series
2002 Yankees 103-58 .640 Division Series Angels
2001 Mariners 116-46 .716 ALCS Diamondbacks   
2000 Giants   97-65 .599 Division Series Yankees
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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