Yankees make nearly $300,000 each for winning Series
Updated: Wednesday December 06, 2000 1:25 AM
NEW YORK (Ticker) -- To the victor goes the spoils, and the runners-up do pretty well themselves when it comes time to divvy up the postseason money collected in baseball's playoff players' pool.
World champions for the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the New York Yankees were the recipients of well over $15 million after besting the crosstown Mets in five games during the Fall Classic. The Yankees split the prize into 34 full shares ($294,783.41), 69 partial shares and two cash awards in what is becoming an annual ritual.
For garnering the National League pennant, the Mets received just over $10.3 million, which the franchise turned into 37 full shares ($238,653.80), 26 partial shares and 40 cash awards.
The World Series participants were not the only ones enjoying the postseason wealth. The players' pool, which consists of 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Divison Series and 60 percent from the first four games of the respective League Championship Series and World Series, also awards the other playoff teams.
The Atlanta Braves ($21,987.78) and Chicago White Sox ($29,243.75) received significantly smaller shares after losing in the Division Series as did the Oakland Athletics ($29,199.36) and San Francisco Giants ($31,416.66), both of whom lost tough series to the Yankees and Mets, respectively.
Second-place finishers Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Los Angeles each received $430,118.43 despite failing to qualify for the wild card.
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