Every team that played in the postseason this year, had former A’s players or coaches on their rosters. Most of them will get some kind of share of the postseason bonuses.
World Series:The Yankees have 3 active players on their postseason roster who used to play for the A’s: Johnny Damon (2001), Nick Swisher (2004-07) and Chad Gaudin (2006-08). The Phillies have two active former A’s, Joe Blanton (2004-08) and Matt Stairs (1996-99). The Phils’ Bench Coach, Davey Lopes played for the A’s in 1982-84. Therefore, there are 6 possible World Series Shares that will go to former A’s. The will also receive winning shares of the League Championship Series (LCS) and their Division Series (LDS). I will explain all this later.
League Championship Series (“The Pennant”): On the 2 teams who lost their LCS, the Angel’s first base coach, Alfredo Griffin, played for the A’s in 1985-87. Andre Ethier of the Dodgers spent 2003-05 in the A’s farm system and was a top A’s prospect before he was part of the trade to the Dodgers for Milton Bradley. Bob Schaefer, the Dodger’s Bench Coach, held the same position with the 2007 A’s and their Pitching Coach, Rick Honeycutt, pitched for the Green and Gold in 1987-93 and 1995. So 4 former A’s should get LCS losing and LDS winning shares this year.
On the other 4 teams who lost in the LDS, there were quite a few guys who were formerly affiliated with the A’s:
In the National League, Matt Holiday of the St. Louis Cardinals played for the A’s during the first half of 2009. The Cards’ Coaching staff is also full of ex-A’s. Tony LaRussa, the Cards manager, managed the A’s from 1986-95, and his pitching coach, Dave Duncan was the A’s Pitching Coach from 1985-95 and played for the KC/Oakland A’s from 1964-72. Dave McKay, The Cards’ First Base Coach, was the A’s Bullpen and Bench Coach from 1984-89, and the A’s1st Base Coach from 1989-95. And Jason Giambi (1995-2001, 2009), Carlos Gonzalez (2008), Huston Street (2005-08), and Matt Murton (pt. of 2008) are all on the active roster of the Rockies. They should all get losing LDS shares.
In the American League, Manager Terry Francona (2003 A’s Bench Coach) and Dave Magadan (1997-98 player) of the Boston Red Sox, and Orlando Cabrera (2009) and Ron Mahay (1999-2000) of the Minnesota Twins should all get losing LDS shares.
Postseason Bonuses: There are three factors that determine what a player who plays in the post season will receive as bonuses: 1) The size of the bonus pool for each level of post season play, 2) how far the player’s team gets in the postseason, and the share of the team’s bonus pool that the player will receive
The Bonus Pool: There is a separate pool for each level of the postseason. Each bonus pool receives 60% of the gate receipts for that series. There is a complicated formula to determine the value of the gate that takes into account the size of the venues, the amount of high-priced premium seating in the venues, the number of games played in the series and whether or not the games sell out. The actual ticket prices are set by MLB, not the home teams as they are during the season.
Winners vs. Losers: The winning team’s share of the World Series gate receipts is 36% and the loser’s share is 24%. The LCS losing teams each get 12% and the LDS losers get 3% each, and the 4 2nd-place teams that do not win the wild-card receive 1%.
A Player’s Share of the Team’s Pool: Here’s where things can get sticky. the 25 roster players vote right after the trade deadline (July 31st) at a meeting chaired by their union representative. At this meeting the 25 players decide whether players who have not been with the club for the whole season get a full share,a partial share or no share at all. Non-players, such as trainers, may be granted full or partial shares. The pool of money is divided by the number of shares granted at the meeting. There is no llimit on the number of shares, but a player will receive less money if there are more shares granted.
In 2006, members of the St. Louis Cardinals received over $362,000 each for winning the World Series. For players who have not become elligle for arbitration (less than 3 years experience in the Majors), their share may be more than their regular season salary. For the players with valuable contracts, their share may be less than 5%.
So that’s how postseason bonuses are calculated. And in all 18 former A’s may be ellible to receive postseason money, depending upon what their respective teams voted in their August meeting.
It all may be decided tonight if the Yanikees win, or maybe the Phillies will grit their way to another win to say alive. It should be a good game.