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Royals playoff shares are worth more than $370,000

The Kansas City Royals likely weren’t thinking about playoff shares when they posed for this photo. But they each got a nice big check for winning that trophy.
The Kansas City Royals likely weren’t thinking about playoff shares when they posed for this photo. But they each got a nice big check for winning that trophy. jsleezer@kcstar.com

For winning the World Series, the Royals got to lift a cool trophy. In April, they’ll all get rings, too.

And on Monday we learned that each player who receives a full postseason share will get $370,069.03.

The Royals received just a little over $25 million from the postseason players’ pool, according to the Associated Press, and split that pot into 58 full shares, 8.37 partial shares and 50 cash awards.

Those shares obviously aren’t just for players; money goes to the coaches, trainers, advance scouts, whoever the team chooses to get a share. Each player who’s on the major-league roster for the entire regular season votes on the shares.

A quick search online finds that a player could spend that $370K and buy a condo in Old Westport or a four-bedroom house in Parkville. A 2016 Bentley Mulsanne goes for roughly $300,000. Or perhaps someone like Luke Hochevar or Ben Zobrist or Alex Gordon will use it to pay for college for one of their kids.

For coaches Rusty Kuntz and Mike Jirschele, who just made it to the majors in 2014, the bonus money has to be a huge blessing. Ditto for someone like Christian Colon, who was due to be paid a bit more than the major-league minimum at $509,000 this year.

Heck, if someone got the 0.37 share (if the Royals did it that way), that’s $136,925.54.

Last year, the Royals players voted to split the playoff pot into 54 full shares worth $230,699.73 each, plus 9.77 partial shares and 25 cash rewards.

All told, the Royals received $14,866,350.85 from Major League Baseball after the 2014 playoffs. The San Francisco Giants got $22,329,526.27 and they issued 47 full shares worth $388,605.94 each, plus 9.65 partial shares and 17 cash rewards.

The Associated Press reported that this year’s playoff teams broke down like this: Full shares were worth $141,834 for Toronto, $122,328 for the Chicago Cubs, $36,783 for Houston, $34,224 for St. Louis, $34,169 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, $34,074 for Texas, $15,884 for Pittsburgh and $13,980 for the New York Yankees.

According to Major League Baseball, the pool comes from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games, 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series, 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the Championship Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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