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Major League Baseball announced the amounts of all postseason shares today, revealing the Nationals received $2,124,312.75, to be dispersed among uniformed personnel.
Players voted to divvy that sum into 49 full shares (worth $37,045.32 a piece), plus 6.65 partial shares and three cash awards.
That $37,000 bonus may not amount to much for veterans like Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman, who make more than that for each game they play. But it's a significant chunk of money for players who made at or near the league minimum of $500,000, not to mention some members of the coaching staff who make fewer than six figures.
The pool would have been a whole lot larger had the Nationals not lost Game 5 of the NLDS and advanced to the NLCS, where the losing Cardinals received a total of $7,843,616.31. Divided into 49 parts, a full share would have been worth more than $160,000.
Members of the Tigers each received $284,274.50 for reaching the World Series. Members of the Giants each received a record $377,002.64 for winning the Fall Classic.
The players pool is generated from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card games, 60 percent of the gate receipts from Games 1-3 of the Division Series, 60 percent of the gate receipts from Games 1-4 of the League Championship Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from Games 1-4 of the World Series.
The total pool handed out among 10 postseason clubs this season was $65,363,469.22.