Tag:2010 MLB postseason
Posted on: November 29, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: November 29, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Giants' WS share: $317,631.29


If you're lucky, you might be getting a Christmas bonus -- but it's not going to be one like the San Francisco Giants just got.

Major League Baseball announced postseason shares for the eight playoff teams and four second-place finishers Monday morning, and the World Series champion Giants will be splitting nearly $20 million. One of the 50 full "shares" is worth $317,631.29. This is nothing to sneeze at for even the high-paid players, but it's life-changing money for some people whose names most fans don't know.

Before the postseason begins, players on contending teams traditionally have a team meeting at which they decide how shares will be divvied up. At this point, they don't know whether they are talking about second-place money (a share for the Cardinals is worth $9,679.42) or huge World Series shares. Players who have been on the team all or most of the season get full shares, as do some number of players who were with the team for part of the year (even if they ended up on different teams, which means Bengie Molina could be getting money from both the Giants and Rangers).

But players usually assign at least half-shares to the people who take care of them every day. Clubhouse attendants, trainers, clubhouse chefs, batboys. Players are usually generous toward these people anyway, tipping them at the end of the season, and giving them playoff shares is a way to reward them without directly taking money out of their own pockets.
So imagine you're a modestly paid guy who washes jockstraps for the Giants, and you wake up today to find yourself in line for a bonus worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's going to be a very happy holiday season.

Heres' the breakdown of payout by team, as released by MLB:

WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players' Pool: $19,764,779.19; value of each full share: $317,631.29) - 50 full shares, 9.89 partial shares and 5 cash awards.

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS

Texas Rangers (Share of Players' Pool: $13,176,519.46; value of each full share: $246,279.55) - 44 full shares, 8 partial shares and 12 cash awards.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Philadelphia Phillies (Share of Players' Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $123,140.50) - 43 full shares, 10.42 partial shares and 1 cash award.

New York Yankees (Share of Players' Pool: $6,588,259.73; value of each full share: $110,302.97) - 43 full shares, 15.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.

DIVISION SERIES RUNNERS-UP

Minnesota Twins (Share of Players' Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $30,883.43) - 42 full shares, 10.17 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

Atlanta Braves (Share of Players' Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $29,510.57) - 48 full shares, 7.03 partial shares and 35 cash awards.

Tampa Bay Rays (Share of Players' Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $28,141.51) - 45 full shares, 10.48 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Cincinnati Reds (Share of Players' Pool: $1,647,064.93; value of each full share: $26,910.27) - 48 full shares, 10.01 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

NON-WILD CARD SECOND-PLACE FINISHERS

Chicago White Sox (Share of Players' Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $10,885.57) - 43 full shares, 6.33 partial shares and 9 cash awards.

San Diego Padres (Share of Players' Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $10,118.84) - 47 full shares, 6.75 partial shares and 1 cash award.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players' Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $9,832.05) - 43 full shares, 12.5 partial shares and 3 cash awards.

St. Louis Cardinals (Share of Players' Pool: $549,021.64; value of each full share: $9,679.42) - 44 full shares, 12.05 partial shares and 4 cash awards.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 8:26 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 8:27 pm
 

Perfect picks, zero dollars


We've all had friends who claim to have predicted unlikely sports outcomes. But Larry Stone has proof.

Like many people, Stone, the national baseball writer for the Seattle Times, does a column prior to the start of the playoffs every year predicting how things will go. This year, he pitched a perfect game, calling the entire run correctly. He nailed all seven series, including the Giants beating the Rangers in the World Series. Here's the proof, his October 4 column.

Unfortunately for Stone, he didn't put his money where his keypad is, so he has only bragging rights. He seems to be enjoying it, though, doing some good-natured gloating (which is amusing if you know him, because he's about the most humble guy you'll ever meet).

Still, he's got to be kicking himself just a little bit. That would have made one heck of a parlay.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 6, 2010 8:10 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Renteria not retiring

Edgar Renteria
More news breaking in Spanish today, as ESPNdeportes.com reported that World Series MVP Edgar Renteria has decided to return for at least one more season. Renteria had contemplated going out on top after the Giants' victory.

"I'm staying. I feel that I still have a lot of baseball in my body," Renteria said by phone from his home in Miami. "[On] Monday I have a very important meeting with my agents to talk about my future, but I have already decided I will keep playing. That's all I can say until I meet with them."

The Giants did not pick up a $9.5 million option for next year, and Renteria will be free to negotiate with any other team starting at midnight Saturday night.

The 34-year-old shortstop batted .412 and drove in six runs in the World Series, including a three-run homer off Rangers ace Cliff Lee that accounted for all the Giants' runs in their clinching Game 5 victory. In the regular season, he batted .276/.332/.374, though he appeared in just 72 games and went on the disabled list three times.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:51 am
 

Obama rings up Giants

President Obama
Giants brass sat in on a conference call Friday, and it wasn't a roundup from the Midwest scouts. It was President Obama on the phone, giving them the traditional congratulatory message.

"I just wanted to let you know the whole country is proud of you guys. I know it's a long wait. I remember as a White Sox fan what it was like when we broke a much longer dry spell.... The way you guys played is the way baseball should be played," he began.

After a few more pleasantries, someone on the Giants end (the person wasn't shown speaking, but best guess is that it was lead owner Bill Neukom) talked about seeing two former presidents across the field during games at Rangers Ballpark, and how he thought it was time the Giants hosted a sitting president. He invited Obama to throw out the first pitch next season at AT&T Park.

"I can tell you right now I'm going to put in the request and see if we can get out to the West Coast," Obama replied.

So basically, if this were an Evite, Obama would be under the "maybe" list.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:23 pm
 

Fan returns Posey HR ball


The Rangers' owner says his team has the most swell fans in baseball (as opposed to those animals in New York), and darned if one of them isn't making him look right about that.

The fan who caught Buster Posey's home run ball from Game 4 gave the ball to Posey, and at a very modest price. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the fan just wanted an autographed ball and a photo with the Giants' rookie catcher. Not his jersey, not cash, just a ball for a ball. If you go to Baggarly's Twitter post here, you can see his photo of the exchange taking place.

Pretty classy move by the unnamed fan. After all, if Posey turns out to be the next Willie Mays, his first World Series homer would be worth a buck or two. But to Posey, it's priceless.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:02 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 4:46 pm
 

World Series Game 5 lineups


No surprises for the Rangers against Tim Lincecum.

Rangers
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz LF
Ian Kinsler 2B
David Murphy RF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B
Cliff Lee LHP

Also, the Rangers have replaced the injured Alexi Ogando on the roster with Dustin Nippert.

The Giants have Pat Burrell at DH again and put Edgar Renteria and Aaron Rowand in the lineup.

Andres Torres RF
Freddy Sanchez 2B
Buster Posey C
Cody Ross LF
Juan Uribe 3B
Aubrey Huff 1B
Pat Burrell DH
Edgar Renteria SS
Aaron Rowand CF
Tim Lincecum RHP

Breakdown Deluxe With Cheese coming soon.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:53 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 6:30 pm
 

Rangers owner: Yankee fans 'embarrassment'


Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg took some time out from cheerleading Monday to level some harsh words at Yankee fans, calling them "violent," "apathetic" and "an embarrassment."

In an interview on ESPN radio in Dallas, Greenberg was asked about the Rangers' crowds in the postseason. He contrasted his team's "great" fans to what he saw at Yankee Stadium during the ALCS.

"I thought Yankee fans, frankly, were awful," he said. "They were either violent or apathetic, neither of which is good. So I thought Yankee fans were by far the worst of any I've seen in the postseason. I thought they were an embarrassment."

There's probably no chance this story comes up again the next time the Rangers visit New York, right?

UPDATE: And the Yankees play it dead solid perfect with their response. Word is they're fuming over Greenberg's comments, but they issued this official response: "At this time, we are honoring the Commissioner’s policy regarding respecting and not distracting from the World Series."

So they get in a shot without taking a shot, and they look classy doing it. Nicely played, Yanks.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:48 am
Edited on: November 1, 2010 11:56 am
 

Stage set for S.F. party


The Giants might find themselves celebrating tonight in front of frowning Nolan Ryan and depressed former presidents, but back home they'll be partying in the streets.

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced after the Giants' Game 4 win, which put them a game away from the city's first World Series title, that fans can gather to watch Game 5 on a Jumbotron set up in Civic Center plaza. He called it "an opportunity right in front of City Hall for families to gather and cheer the Giants to a World Championship."

What a swell guy, throwing a big public party hours before polls open with Newsom on the ballot for lieutenant governor. OK, maybe that's just cynical.

The Bay Area is in a frenzy over this team, and judging from the scene in the streets after it won the first two games at home, the party after a Series clincher figures to be epic.

-- David Andriesen

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