Major League Baseball is rolling in the money!
Yeah … not really. But they had one heck of a post season!
MLB announced it generated a cool $57 million in revenue.
According to STLToday.com, here’s what our beloved St. Louis Cardinals will get for their 2011 World Series victory:
St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players’ Pool: $20,627,727.92; value of each full share: $323,169.98) – The Cardinals awarded 51 full shares, a total of 11.962 partial shares and eight cash awards.
The Cardinals are awarding 51 shares. The thought of who all gets those shares had my mind racing. Would Tyler Greene get a share? How much of a share would Colby Rasmus get? What about that little spark plug in Adron Chambers? Would Ryan Franklin, Miguel Batista, Brian Tallet or Trever Miller … Could that awful bullpen from the first of the season actually receive World Series money?
Well, I got my answer this morning from the Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold. I hope you are seated for this one!
During a players-only meeting, the team decides who receives full shares and how to distribute partial shares and cash rewards.
This year’s team elected to award full shares to any player who appeared on an active roster at any time during the postseason, Cardinals players familiar with the meeting confirmed. That meant rookies Adron Chambers and Lance Lynn, who made a pro-rated minimum during their regular-season time in the majors, received full playoff shares that significantly supplemented their salaries. Coaches also received full shares, in some cases tripling their salaries for 2011.
Full shares also went to select members of the support staff.
For players such as Colby Rasmus, Trever Miller and Ryan Franklin, who spent part of the season with the club before being traded or released, the players decided to award partial shares. Each player received a pro-rated amount based on the time they spent with the team. The same measure was used to determine the amount awarded minor leaguers who contributed to the team during the regular season but did not appear in the postseason.
I agree with most of this split. It is what the players wanted! But, something does feel dirty when I just type this phrase … Tyler Greene gets a full share, while Colby Rasmus only gets a partial share?
Colby and Franky can take solace in this little nugget, though:
All of the players who appeared in uniform for at least a game this season will receive World Series championship rings, team president Bill DeWitt III said.
So that means Maikal Cleto, Matt Carpenter, Pete Kozma and Brandon Dickson … all get rings!
Let us know what you think. Are you a little surprised at how the players decided to split up their winnings or am I overthinking this and it’s just perfect?
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor at Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides in the NFL section. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.