I received a few e-mails asking about the Yankees voting on playoff shares.
It’s pretty simple. Via the collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball kicks back a portion of its postseason revenue to the players. Every team in the playoffs gets a percentage with the most going to the World Series champion.
For the Cardinals last season, a full share was worth $362,173.
It’s up to each team to determine how that money is divided up. Basically, any player who was on the roster all season (or on the disabled list) receives a full share. This is good news for Carl Pavano and Humberto Sanchez.
Those players who were on the roster all season decide how much everybody else gets.
In essence, portions of shares are awarded based on service time on the 25-man roster. All told, the Yankees have used 49 players this season and all will get something whether they are still with the organization or not.
The players also give out partial shares to the manager, coaches and assorted staff members. This is a huge list of people. I’m probably forgetting some people, but the crew for the Yankees incudes:
Three BP pitchers
One massage therapist
One clubhouse manager
Assorted clubhouse attendants
The traveling secretary
The media relations director
You can tell a lot about a team by how generous they are to the people behind the scenes The Yankees are usually a fairly charitable bunch. Then again, they can afford to be.