Playoff shares

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Major League Baseball announced the playoff shares for the 2009 season today. So even though the Red Sox didn’t get past the Division Series this postseason, there’s still a nice bonus for them.

Not that that quite compares to winning a World Series, either for the experience, or the World Series champion’s playoff shares.

The Sox’ share of the players’ pool was $1,772,193.48, making the value of each full share $28,263.28. The team awarded 42 full shares, 17.839 partial shares, and 64 cash awards.

The Yankees? They did a little bit better.

Full shares for the Yankees came in at a record $365,052.73, more than the 2006 Cardinals’ $362,173.07 full shares. The Yankees gave out 46 full shares, 12.25 partial shares, and two cash awards.

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The money for the playoff shares — the players’ pool — comes from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the LCS and the World Series. That money is divided between the eight teams that made the playoffs and four regular season second-place clubs that didn’t make the postseason (Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, and Rangers).