But as Guererro can attest, not always. In 1982, Milwaukee acquired pitcher Don Sutton from the Astros in late August for the stretch run. Going into the final series of the regular season, against the Orioles, Sutton's record with the Brewers was 3-1. The players voted him a one-third share, just as they did pitchers Doc Medich and Pete Ladd, who had also joined the club in midseason. Before the final game against Baltimore, a game that would send the winner into the playoffs, several Brewers suggested to player rep Ted Simmons that if Sutton won the game, he should get a full share. Sutton pitched and Milwaukee won 10-2. Sutton received a full share, much to the surprise of some of his teammates, who were not informed of the last-minute change. Which is to say nothing of how Medich and Ladd presumably felt.
Sutton followed rule No. 1 for getting a big share: It is better to be a one-day wonder in September than Player of the Month in April. "If you were only around in the first half, by September, well, out of sight, out of mind," says Giants catcher Bob Brenly. "A lot of guys will say, 'To hell with him.' "
This year Brenly followed rule No. 2 for raking in postseason bucks: Play on more than one contender. He was with Toronto for three fifths of the season, was released by the Blue Jays and was picked up by San Francisco for its pennant drive. Brenly will receive partial shares from both teams.
There are no guaranteed rules for getting series shares for those who don't play. "A player's contribution to the club can actually be measured," says Brenly. "It's hard to measure the effect a clubhouse attendant or a batboy had." And how many people can play a part in getting a team into the playoffs? "Well, it seems like everyone," says Randolph. "Years ago we had one trainer, and that was it. Now you have assistant trainers, strength coaches, conditioning coaches, masseurs, masseuses and everything."
The Dodgers seem particularly specialized. One year they voted $500 to each of the three pilots who flew the club's Electra jet. Other examples of postseason money voted to nonplayers:
?In 1920, Cleveland awarded $1,000 to Kathleen Chapman, the widow of Ray Chapman, the Indians shortstop at the start of the season. Chapman died after being beaned by Yankee pitcher Carl Mays on Aug. 16.
?The 1980 Phillies gave batboy Mark Andersen a one-eighth share, worth $4,336.63. Andersen used the money to help pay for college, and he is now Philadelphia's assistant trainer.
?Groundskeeper Matty Schwab earned a full share from the 1962 pennant-winning Giants for turning the base paths in Candlestick Park into a quagmire and slowing down Maury Wills and the Dodgers in the three-game playoff that determined the league championship.
?Robert Scanlon knew how to work both sides of the field. During the 1944 season he was the batboy for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns. When those teams met in the World Series, each voted Scanlon a grant of $500.
?The alltime winner of Series shares—nonplayer division—almost certainly is the late Pete Sheehy. In the 59 years Sheehy was the clubhouse man for the Yankees, New York played in 29 World Series.