Royals’ postseason return? Perfect

One of the most remarkable aspects of the Royals’ return to the postseason stage after a 29-year absence is that they have done it flawlessly.

No, it doesn’t always happen that way. In fact, it never happens that way. Teams resurface in the playoffs taking baby steps: A tumble here, a fall there. There’s a reason they’re called “baby steps.”

Here is a list you’ve probably never seen before: The postseason records of all teams since their last World Series appearance (of at least 10 years ago, to make the numbers meaningful), ranked by winning percentage:

Team    Last World Series     W-L    Since Pct.

Royals      1985                     8-0      1.000

Mets         2000                    6-4         .600

Orioles      1983                   14-17      .452

Indians      1997                    13-17    .433

Pirates      1979                    11-16    .407

Brewers    1982                    6-9        .400

A’s            1990                    17-27    .386

Dodgers    1988                   15-28     .349

Braves      1999                    13-26     .333

D-backs     2001                   5-10      .333

Reds          1990                   5-11      .312

Angels        2002                  10-22     .312

Cubs           1945                   9-22     .290

Twins           1991                  6-21     .222

Padres        1998                   1-6       .143

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