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Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares

This past week, 2013 members of the St. Louis Cardinals had a bit more about which to be thankful. As a result of reaching the World Series, 56 individuals associated with the club received full post-season shares valued at $228,300.17 each.

Other people were voted a total of 9.798 partial shares and two were given cash awards. The National League champions divvied up their share of the players’ pool, which totaled $15,044,152.03.

The individual financial cost of the Cardinals losing the Series can be calculated. The Boston Red Sox’ winning pool was $22,566,228.05, with the value of each of full share being $307,322.68. In other words, each Cardinal took home $79,000 less than a corresponding Red Sox.

Still, when considering the high number of rookies and young players on St. Louis’ roster making at or very near the 2013 Major League minimum salary of $490,000, this was a major financial windfall for many – almost an additional half-season of compensation.

The players are not among those who assert that television is all that matters in today’s game and in-person attendance is irrelevant.

This post-season cash is sourced from just one place – ticket sales – and is part of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between players and owners every five years.

The players’ pool is made up of the following percents of the gate receipts from the various levels of post-season play: 50 percent from the Wild Cards plus 60 percent from the first three games of the Division Series plus 60 percent from the first four games of the League Championship Series and 60 percent from the first four games of the World Series.

Interestingly, the 56 total shares voted upon by the Cardinals was the same quantity given out in 2012. After the club only reached the NL Championship Series, a 2012 share was worth “just” $122,558.29 to those Cardinals employees.

The value of a share of the players’ pool from the 2011 World Champions from St. Louis was $323,169.98.

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18 Responses to “Cardinals bring home extra holiday cash in postseason shares”

  1. Bw52 says:

    OT-what`s the deal with Ken Rosenthal and his anti-Cardinal BS lately? First he rips the Cards for signing Peralta (apparently the real issue was the dollar amount not the signing.him and some others seem to think punished players should not make money) then the article on the main site from Rosenthal saying Bourjos might not be the player people think and Angels hope Freese can bounce back.Why can Bourjos? A younger player can`t bounce back?Okay I get it now…………..Rosenthal has a case of the ass against the Cards for whatever reason now.So what!!!Put Rosenthal,Bowden and Keith Law is the same category…………………?

  2. Lou Schuler says:

    I can’t speak to Rosenthal’s reports (haven’t read them), but it’s interesting to look at the Bourjos trade from the other side. The opening paragraph of the L.A. Times report described Bourjos as often-injured and Freese as an all-star and 2011 postseason hero.

    That article made the trade sound just as lopsided as it seemed from the St. Louis POV.

    I tend to lean toward the Bernie Miklasz position: the Cards improved their offense at 3rd and short; their defense at 2nd, 3rd, and center; and their overall team speed.

    But while they got younger, they didn’t necessarily get healthier. Who knows how well a player will recover from wrist surgery? I suspect the Cards’ offense will be fine, but there’s still a lot that can go wrong. We’re counting on Craig to be healthy, Adams to replace Beltran’s power, Taveras to need minimal time in AAA (and be healthy), Bourjos and Jay to form some kind of functional platoon, Carpenter to keep up a phenomenal pace no one saw coming, Wong to catch up quickly, and Molina and Holliday to not age too fast.

    Then on the pitching side, we’re hoping that a whole bunch of guys will be okay after throwing career-high innings. Waino threw 277 innings, counting the postseason. (Why Matheny gave him extra starts in midseason is beyond me.)

    The easy story right now is to celebrate the Cards’ brilliance, and as fans there’s a lot to be thankful for. But no team ever has it all figured out. That’s the harder story to write: the risks that might backfire.

    Again, I don’t know if that’s the story Rosenthal is writing, but it’s certainly there to be written.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Lou, thank you for commenting. I always enjoy the discussion.

      In this case, of course the things you say are true. However, every single team has questions. It is par for the course. Anyone who thinks otherwise is only fooling himself or herself. Seems to me that the true challenge would be to try to compare the lists of “what ifs” across a division or league to gauge which teams may be better positioned than others.

      As more of the free agents find homes, we should begin to see a return of the various projection models that estimate win totals across the game for the coming season. I do not consider them gospel by any means, but they do offer credible points of comparison using similar sets of assumptions.

      As we saw with the reversal of the Red Sox’ fortunes from 2012 to 2013, teams can experience a dramatic change of results in just 12 months. Yet all things considered, the Cardinals have been both consistent and resilient in recent years despite considerable personnel change with the immediate future aligned for seemingly more of the same. All in all, not a bad place to be.

      • Lou Schuler says:

        I agree 100%! The ’13 Cards were possibly the most anti-fragile team I’ve ever followed, and we’re lucky that the same people will be running the show in ’14 and beyond.

        (Although I do fear the overuse of Waino will turn out to be a self-inflicted mistake. Losing the #1 starter is on the short list of things that could keep the team from repeating.)

    • blingboy says:

      I was very content to spend a happy winter basking in irrational euphoria. Then here comes the sober voice of reason to ruin it. 🙂

      I am pretty sure Bourjos’s range if CF will be big, considering the limitations of our corners. If he stays healthy. I am less sure about going with what I see as a glorified UT at shortstop, although inproved range at both 3rd and 2nd should help. The scary thing is that there are 52 million reasons why he is going to be our starting shortstop whether he is up to it or not. Time will tell.

      Well thought out, Lou, as usual. Happy holidays.

      • Lou Schuler says:

        Thanks Bling!

        Just out of curiosity, why are you so down on Peralta? He’s a 2-time all-star who was worth 11 fWAR the past 3 years. He had 3.6 last year even with the suspension.

        Seems unlikely that it’s all a PED illusion. I mean, if he took enough to produce all that offense, and still ended up with that pudgy physique, my professional opinion is that he used ’em wrong.

        Friends in Cleveland told me no one there was sorry to see him go. But he seemed well-liked in Detroit.

        • blingboy says:

          Let me ask you this, Lou, how will Peralta’s shortstop defense look to you if he hits .239 like he did his last full season? Or .249 like he did two years before that? See what I mean?

          Trading D for O at shortstop hardly ever works out.

          • Bw52 says:

            I will throw my 2 cents worth in.Even if Peralta hits .239 and plays adequate defense it will still be a major improvement over the absolute ineptitude Kozma showed last season during the last 3 months.Kozma total inability to make contact offensively killed more scoring chances than his glove saved.

            • blingboy says:

              .239 with .305 OBP is pretty inept too BW. So is .249/.311 and .254/.316, which is 3 of his last 5 seasons.

              I admit that Kozma was so dreadful at the plate that it more than offset his glove. My point is that I am not very optimistic Peralta will be the answer, and if he’s not, we are stuck with him.

              • Lou Schuler says:

                You’re talking about his 2 worst seasons. His career OBP is .330. And even in those 2 years, he totaled 3.6 fWAR.

                By comparison, here’s what the Cards have gotten from their SS (all fWAR):

                2013: -0.3

                2012: 2.1 (including 1.3 from Kozma’s 26-game Ernie Banks imitation)

                2011: 1.1 (0.7 from Furcal in 50 games)

                2010: 1.4 (virtually all from Brendan Ryan’s glove)

                Even a declining Peralta looks better than what we’ve had most of the time the past 4 seasons. To me, anyway.

                • blingboy says:

                  I hope you are right Lou. I will be rooting for Jhonny. If he puts together a couple of those .300 All Star seasons of his I will ring a bell and genuflect every time Mo’s name is mentioned.

                  • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

                    JP will be no worse that the 3rd best hitter on the team……………He could well be the best…….
                    I’ve watched quite a few AB’s……….. He will hit second……….

                    The Axford move was predicted months ago……..he served his purpose……….. Freese was history last year after his “negotiations” were so difficult………….. that’s how it goes…….

                    Personally, beside all the DeWitt shenanigans………this is a better team……Freese sucked in this system……. PB is going to be a good player…….he will be well insured…….he fits the mold perfectly………

  3. blingboy says:

    WestCoastbirdWatcher says:
    December 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm
    JP will be no worse that the 3rd best hitter on the team……………He could well be the best…….
    I’ve watched quite a few AB’s………..

    I haven’t watched very many ABs, but I do know two things.

    1) He hit .239 over 585 PAs in 2012.

    2) His BABIP in 2013 was .374 which he will not repeat.

    What is the justification for your confidence that he will not hit .239/.305/.689 again in 2014?

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Its a chemistry issue BB …………….. this guy is from another discipline …….. He does a lot of things well tactically……………….. Put that in the middle of the Cardinal regulars, and he is going to cause problems for the opposing batteries………… That was true for Beltran too…..

      • blingboy says:

        Good answer. Another discipline, I hadn’t thought of it. It is true that when the bad guys had our number, it didn’t help them with Beltran too much. He had a different number I guess.

        But Beltran is a professional hitter rather than a trained hitter. I don’t know about Peralta.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          The Cardinals have ended up with a lineup that is going to stress there own “hitting scheme innovation’s”……….. Lots of talk about Wong……………. MM will have instructions to protect him at all costs……………. That has to be 8th……….. PB is a low cost investment at this point……. 7th…or if he’s showing well maybe an exploration at 1 or 2………. the point being, that there is big pressure up front……….. Bottom line…… Cardinals will be forced to consider a tactical lineup……. Holiday made a few connections in October…….hopefully they weren’t all Benji motivated…… he could benefit from these changes……….Adams has to take the next step……. Both he and Carpenter were seriously hampered by “coaching” dictates late in the year……. That’s not so good……. This team could rock next year……… but if they struggle? Not so good…….young pitching shines brightly until it starts getting drug through the mud……

          • blingboy says:

            A homegrown lineup is going to share a lot of DNA, no way around that. An effective virus its going to make a lot of people sick all at the same time. We saw that last year. The tendency for most of the lineup to shut down en masse was painful to watch. It is funny that Beltran had some immunity but not Holliday.

            • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

              Holiday has been solved BB. He finally made a change with his front leg that allowed him to protect the inside. Notice in the end, Boston beat him up and center cut. All Cardinal hitters are forced to base variations on team “schemes”. Peralta will move around in the box in a single AB. He defends the whole dish. He is a gamer.

              Mo and Bill have crossed the TLR line. That will not go back, nor will they let go. Bill is in high heaven. The Axford / Mujica moves, along with the evolving Miller story scream “complex motivation”.

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