The Braves only played one game in the postseason, but every player who helped them get there received nearly $20,000 as a share of the players’ postseason pool.
For reaching the Wild Card Game against St. Louis, Braves players got a total of $980,452.04, which they distributed in 46 full shares of $19,609, and four partial shares.
The World Series champion San Francisco Giants handed out 50 full shares of $377,002.64 apiece, topping the previous record of $362,173 per share for the 2006 Cardinals. AL champion Detroit handed out 48 full shares worth $284,274.50.
The players from every postseason team vote how to distribute their portion of the postseason pie, often giving full shares to every player who spent time on the major league roster during the season, along with full or partial shares for some team employees such as clubhouse attendants.
The players’ pool is funded by gate receipts from postseason games, including 50 percent of the receipts from wild card games, 60 percent from the first three games of every division series, 60 percent from the first four games of each league championship series, 60 percent of receipts from the first four games of the World Series.
The players’ pool was divided this year among 10 postseason teams including four wild card teams and six division winners, with the amount increasing for each advancement in the playoffs. In the past, the pool was divided among 12 teams, including eight postseason teams and four second-place teams that weren’t wild cards.