A cool 26 grand for losing the ALDS

Yanks not having any "hi-level" trade talks about starters at the moment
Breaking down the payroll, part two

By no measure did the Yankees have a successful postseason experience this year. Faced with a slim deficit at home in Game 5, the Bombers, as we know, bombed. They couldn’t get that one hit to push them onto the ALDS, and we all had to sit there as inferior teams faced off in both the American League Championship Series and World Series. Had the Yanks won that Game 5, they had a decent path to another World Series title.

Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced the playoff shares for the various clubs that tried to make their ways through the crapshoot that is the postseason, and although the Yanks lost, each player still walked away with a playoff share of over $26,000 each. According to the Commissioner’s Office, the Yanks split $1,718,977.33. They awarded 53 full shares at $26,238.86 each, 11.94 partial shares and three cash awards. That’s not a bad haul for five games of work.

The Cardinals, World Series victors after a playoff season that saw 38 games played out of a possible 41, took home full shares of $323,170 each. That total marks an increase over last year’s pot, but the 2009 Yankees still hold the modern-day record. Each player on the last Yankee World Series championship club took home $350,030. Here’s to another big payday after the 2012 season.

Yanks not having any "hi-level" trade talks about starters at the moment
Breaking down the payroll, part two
  • Mike Myers

    I swear im teaching my son to throw a knuckle ball lefty the second he pops out.

  • RetroRob

    Hmmm, 53 full shares and 11 partial shartes. 64 shares for a 25-man roster.

    I certainly can see someone like Joba getting a full share, even though he was injured for half the season. I think Noesi would get a full share, even though he wasn’t always there. Yet I’m having a hard time figuring out how they get to 64 shares, let alone 53 full shares.

    I guess I’m missing coaches here. What else?

    • Craig

      Some stadium staff members? Valued names like Steinbrenner, Levine, Trost, Francesa? Kidding on that last one.

    • Sayid J.

      By my (quick) count, the Yankees used 48 players this season. If you approximate they gave full shares to 38-40 players (25 man LDS roster + major contributors throughout season), plus the entire coaching and training staff, you get to 53 pretty quickly. The other 11 partial shares might have gone to players like Betances, Whelan, etc.

    • pat

      Grounds Crew and clubbies.

  • well you know

    The “inferior” comment is disrespectful and out of touch with reality. The Yanks only won one more game than the Rangers and two more than the Tigers. Post-surgery Alex was a hole in the middle of the lineup and Nova almost certainly would not have pitched the remainder of the postseason with his forearm strain.

    The 2010 Yanks exited the ALCS being outscored 31-6 in four losses to the Rangers. Not exactly a fluke. The 2011 postseason Yankee team was no better, maybe worse.

    • Risean

      As much as I hate to agree, you are probably right about that.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I don’t see how the 2010 ALCS is relevant here. The Yankees outscored the Tigers 28-17 in the ALDS. It’s fairly safe to say that the Yankees overall were the superior team, but a few lucky breaks helped Detroit win. (like Jeter’s ball in game 5 not carrying, the umpire’s brutal strikezone in in game 3) Also, the Rangers and Tigers won 96 and 95 games, but the Rangers had 36 games with the A’s and Mariners, the Tigers had 36 against the Royals and Twins, while the Yankees played the Red Sox, Rays and Blue Jays – 3 immensely superior teams – a total of 54 times.

      • Steve (different one)

        Good points. I do think losing Nova pushed the odds pretty solidly in the rangers favor though. They’d be trying to win a 7 game series with AJ and Garcia going 4 times? Doesn’t mean they couldn’t have won, but I don’t think they were a game 5 single away from the WS either.

    • RetroRob

      Disrespectful and out of touch with reality? Funny one.

      Also, your dismissal of the Yankees superior record ignores the unbalanced schedule.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

        …and the fact that after clinching home-field, they treated the remaining games like spring training games – as they should have.

  • well you know

    (Joe Pesci voice) Funny, you think I’m funny, how am I funny, etc

    As for regular season, the variable represented by the unbalanced schedule can easily be overwhelmed by the effect of injuries and midseason acquisitions (to name just two factors) so that doesn’t do too much for me.

  • Urban Achiever

    As much as I love the Yanks, calling the other teams inferior is downright ridiculous. You can always make the case that the hot team wins the postseason and not necessarily the better team, but the label ‘inferior’ is flat out disrespectful.

    The Cardinals, the Rangers, the Tigers, and the Brewers all earned their way to their respective Championship Series and we (the fans who bothered to watch) were treated to a fantastic World Series. The Yankees had a lot of holes this year but still managed to chase down the Sox and take the division – no small feat at all. I hated seeing us exit in the ALDS, but all things considered, I think we overachieved compared to logical expectations.

  • A.D.

    How is the actual pool of money, from which the shares then draw from, determined?

  • Kevin

    To call Detroit inferior or bring up the score belies the fact that two of the games were blowouts and followed the pattern of us being able to take advantage of a weak bullpen or starting pitcher.
    Games 2 and 5 showed what had been a pattern all year. Faced with decent to strong pitching,we would simply swing for the fences everytime or the holes we had in our lineup would show up when we actually managed to get someone on base.