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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Money talks: The postseason share

n the autumn of 2007, Amanda Coolbaugh was dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, Mike, who had been killed that July when a line drive struck him in the head while he was coaching first base for the Colorado Rockies’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. She had two young sons, ages 5 and 4, and she was eight months pregnant. So as the baseball season was winding down, she was struggling. How would she be able to raise her children? How would she pay for their college educations? How would she pay for their health insurance?

“When Mike was killed, his paycheck was instantly gone,” she says.

And then Amanda received a phone call from a reporter who told her that the Rockies had voted her a full share of their postseason earnings. Colorado played in the World Series that year. A full postseason share wound up to be $255,000.

“I still don’t even know how to put it into words,” she says of her reaction…..

The distribution of postseason shares is determined at a players-only meeting held near the end of the season. The more shares players distribute, the less each is worth. Thus, arguments over who gets what can be as rancorous as a Congressional budget battle.

“You would be surprised at the s—- you hear at those meetings,” says former Oakland (now Boston) hitting coach Chili Davis.

“There were a few guys who got laid on the guillotine, to say the least. Just totally having their heads chopped off and getting nothing,” Van Slyke says. “A lot of it depended on what kind of guy you were and what kind of contribution you made to the team. ... So there were some heated discussions about who should get what and how much. We had one guy who had been traded to our team and really helped us down the stretch. And we gave him a full share. Then there were other guys who were on the team and got traded to another contending team and we said, ‘Screw it. If they like him over there, they can give him whatever they want. But nothing from us.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 04, 2014 at 11:25 PM | 11 comment(s)
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