11/30 The ring's the thing but …

Finishing in second did pay off for the Cubs. Major League Baseball announced Monday the Cubs’ share of the players’ postseason pool totaled $590,731.16, with each full share valued at $8,261.97. The Cubs, who finished second in the NL Central, awarded 58 full shares and 13.5 partial shares.

The St. Louis Cardinals, who won the Central, had a players’ pool of $1,772,193.48 to draw from, and the value of each full share was $29,446.60.

The World Champion New York Yankees’ share of the players pool was $21,266,321.79, and the value of each share was a record $365,052.73.

The players’ pool is formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship series and the World Series. The total was divided among 12 clubs: The World Series participants, the LCS and DS runners up, and the four regular season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.

The Angels, the ALCS runners-up, awarded a full share to the estate of pitcher Nick Adenhart.

– Carrie Muskat

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