The postseason playoff shares were announced

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There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. That’s not the case any longer, but the money is still pretty good.

This year the a full postseason share broke down as follows:

  • Boston Red Sox: $307,322.68
  • St. Louis Cardinals: $228,300.17
  • Detroit Tigers: $129,278.22
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: $108,037.06
  • Atlanta Braves: $34,012.30
  • Oakland A’s: $37,316.25
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: $35,558.58
  • Tampa Bay Rays: $35,280.10
  • Cincinnati Reds: $15,284.85
  • Cleveland Indians: $15,107.00

Each team can vote how many full shares to allocate. They can also issue partial shares and cash awards. It’s overall pool for player shares comes from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games, 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.

Now gonna go listen to Patti Smith’s “Free Money.”

Texas Rangers fire manager Jeff Banister

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The Texas Rangers just announced that they have fired Jeff Banister as the team’s manager. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu has been named interim manager for the remainder of 2018 season.

Banister was in the last year of his contract with the club, but there was an option for 2019. Rangers brass, obviously, has decided to go in a different direction following what will be the club’s worst finish in Banister’s tenure. At the moment the Rangers are 64-88 and are assured of last place in the AL West.

Banister was hired before the 2015 season and led the Rangers to first place finishes in each of his first two seasons. The club fell to a disappointing third place and a 78-84 record last season, however, and this season the descent has continued. Injuries and under achievement has been the order of the day for the past two years and, with the career of Adrian Beltre nearing its end and the Rangers having been passed up by the Astros as the class of the division, a rebuild is in the club’s future.

Banister ends his reign as the Rangers’ skipper with a record of 325-313.