CHICAGO -- Several of the Cubs got a nice holiday present Monday. Major League Baseball announced the Cubs' full share from the 2015 players postseason pool was $122,327.59, and that the team issued 60 full shares, the most of any of the playoff squads.
Besides the 60 full shares, the Cubs issued a total of 8.25 partial shares and 13 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 2015 players' pool was a record total of $69,882,149.26, topping the previous high of $65,363,469.22 of 2012. The money is divided among the 10 postseason teams.
The World Series champion Royals' full share was worth $370,069.03, while a full share for the National League champion Mets was $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.
The Cubs reached the NL Championship Series, but were swept in four games by the Mets. Chicago's share of the players' pool was $8,385,857.91.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.