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The Cubs are getting some cash from this year’s postseason run

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Just in time for the holidays!

Oct 12, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; The Chicago Cubs celebrate after defeating the Washington Nationals in game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball series at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
The Cubs celebrating their division series win against the Nationals at Washington
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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.