MLB announces record postseason shares

MLB announces record postseason shares

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' ride to their first World Series championship in 30 years also provided a nice financial bump for their players.

MLB announced that a full Royals postseason share was worth $370,069.03, while a full share for the National League champion Mets totaled $300,757.78. The average share value for the Mets was a record high for a World Series runner-up, eclipsing $291,667.68 for the 2006 American League champion Tigers. Last year's share amounts were an all-time record $388,605.94 for the 2014 World Series champion Giants and $230,699.73 for the AL champion Royals

This year, the Royals issued 58 full shares, a total of 8.37 partial shares and 50 cash awards.

The players' pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.

The players' pool was divided among the 10 postseason clubs: the two World Series participants (Royals and Mets), the two League Championship Series runners-up (Blue Jays and Cubs), the four Division Series runners-up (Rangers, Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers) and the two Wild Card runners-up (Yankees and Pirates).

The 2015 players' pool was a record total of $69,882,149.26, topping the previous high of $65,363,469.22 in 2012.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.