Last year, each Cub who got a full share of postseason money got $368,871.59 for winning the World Series.
This year, the Cubs will get somewhat less. I’ll get to that, but first, the Astros set a record for a World Series winner. Each WS full share for the Astros’ win amounts to $438,901.57, while the Dodgers get $259,722.14. The previous WS record was $392,006.36, set by the 2014 Giants.
The reason for the record is that this pool comes from ticket sales, and having a 55,000-seat Dodger Stadium part of this year’s pool obviously makes for more dollars. The players’ pool is formed 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 League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series. The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games. The 2017 players’ pool was a record total of $84,500,432.15, eclipsing last year’s $76,627,827.09.
The Cubs’ part of that pool totaled $10,140,051.86 and the value of each full share was $133,159.02. The Cubs issued 68 full shares, a total of 7.5 partial shares and six cash awards.
I don’t know who received those full shares; figure pretty much anyone on the 40-man roster, and some others who played for the team this year. I’m not sure how you issue half of a partial share, but that’s how it was reported.
Hopefully the 2018 Cubs will get a much larger share of the postseason pie.