2018 postseason shares announced

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The 2018 postseason shares were just announced by Major League Baseball. Players and coaches from the ten playoff teams now have some walkin’ around money. The 2018 pool is, not surprisingly given how baseball revenues have gone, at an all-time high of $88,188,633.49, surpassing the previous record from the 2017 Postseason, $84,500,432.15.

Shares come from the “players’ pool,” which is calculated by taking 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.  The players’ pool is divided among the 10 postseason clubs.

The clubs themselves decide how many shares to allocate, with the players making decisions regarding which part timers, cup-of-coffee callups, staffers, etc. get. To that end, here is one of the best anecdotes of all time, featuring Rickey Henderson who GETS IT. Players also have the ability to hand out straight cash awards in whatever amount they want as opposed to a percentage cut of the postseason money.

The breakdown:

World Series Champions

  • Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $31,747,908.06; value of each of full share: $416,837.72) – The Red Sox issued 66 full shares, a total of 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards.

National League Champions

  • Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $21,165,272.04; value of each of full share: $262,027.49) – The Dodgers issued 67 full shares, a total of 13.290 partial shares and 24 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

  • Houston Astros (Share of Players’ Pool: $10,582,636.02; value of each of full share: $154,656.05) – The Astros issued 56 full shares, a total of 12.220 partial shares and five cash awards.
  • Milwaukee Brewers (Share of Players’ Pool: $10,582,636.02; value of each of full share: $122,957.13) – The Brewers issued 64 full shares, a total of 21.051 partial shares and four cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

  • Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $40,375.74) – The Braves issued 65 full shares, a total of 5.875 partial shares and seven cash awards.
  • Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $37,040.29) – The Indians issued 67 full shares, a total of 8.570 partial shares and 10 cash awards.
  • Colorado Rockies (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $40,335.96) – The Rockies issued 58 full shares, a total of 12.833 partial shares and seven cash awards.
  • New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $43,081.55) – The Yankees issued 45 full shares, a total of 21.470 partial shares and two cash awards.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

  • Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,322,829.50; value of each of full share: $16,155.34) – The Cubs issued 68 full shares and a total of 13.882 partial shares.
  • Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,322,829.50; value of each of full share: $19,760.35) – The A’s issued 57 full shares, a total of 9.083 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.