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World Series Champion Astros Continue To Make History

The Houston Astros historic World Series run ended nearly a month ago. However, the world champion Astros continue to make the news.

Yahoo.com reports that the MLB has finished with its calculations of revenue earned from all league playoff games. This means it is now time for teams to be given their shares of the playoff money. It was announced Monday that the shares the Houston Astros would receive are the largest ever for a World Series team.

Once the final tally was in, Astros playoff shares were $438,901.57. This topped the shares received by the previous record-holding 2014 San Francisco Giants by slightly more than $45,000.

The windfall is especially significant for a few Houston Astros players because it represents a near doubling of their 2017 season salaries. The minimum salary for a major league baseball player is $535,000 a year and number of Astros players earned at or slightly over that amount. For these players, the playoff shares are a great benefit.

Not only players benefit from these shares. Each team decides before the season how to distribute playoff shares and virtually anyone involved with the organization can be selected to have either whole or partial shares distributed to them.

The MLB calculates player pools by adding the totals from the following:

• 50% of gate receipts from wild-card games
• 60% of gate receipts from each of the first three games of the divisional round of playoff games
• 60% of gate receipts from each of the first four games of the league championship round of playoff games.
• 60% of gate receipts from each of the first four games of the World Series.

Once calculated, this pool is then distributed amongst the ten teams that participated in the major league playoffs. As mentioned earlier, each team is to decide by vote the number of shares to be divided within the team. The Astros decided on 60 full shares and 9.23 partial shares to be divided.

Morales Acquisition Key to Blue Jays Potential

It didn’t take long for the Toronto Blue Jays to make one of the first major splashes of the MLB offseason with the free agent acquisition of Kendrys Morales. The veteran, who is expected to assume the Designated Hitter duties for the Blue Jays, definitely adds a boast a lineup who suffered to plate runs during their ALCS run against the Cleveland Indians. However on top of the sheer production that Morales will likely bring to the lineup, he also provides a veteran presence which perhaps the Blue Jays lacked during 2016 postseason.

 

While struggling to plate runs during the ALCS, I couldn’t help but look at the long faces of each and every Toronto Blue Jay expecting one of them to assume a leadership role and try and turn the tides in the series. However as each out went by the AL East wild card winner looked more and more frustrated while their bats were seemingly unable to figure out the Indians pitching. Ultimately, the series concluded with a torturous defeat in front of the Rogers Centre fans.

 

With the acquisition of Kendrys Morales, I look for a recent World Series Champion who has the ability to maintain a leadership role on a team with so much promise, especially on the offensive end. Moreover, the relatively low salary of Morales also keeps the door open for the Blue Jays to acquire a much-needed bullpen arm, which is an added plus.