Cubs Players Once Again Were the Most Generous Playoff Sharers in Baseball

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Cubs Players Once Again Were the Most Generous Playoff Sharers in Baseball

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Since the Chicago Cubs started making the playoffs in 2015 to kick off the current window, they’ve been a lock to do two things: (1) make the NLCS, and (2) be the most generous team in playoff shares. OK, so number one went by the wayside in 2018, but dang if they weren’t still going to be as generous as possible.

For the fourth straight year, the Cubs’ players awarded the most full playoff shares in baseball:

As you can see, going deep into the playoffs can mean huge bonuses for the organizations involved. That’s certainly not why we as fans were bummed to see such an early exit for the Cubs, but it’s annually interesting to remember that there is skin in the game for the players beyond mere passion – sometimes nearly as much as a full-season salary for a player making the minimum.

These postseason awards are decided by the team’s full-time players, and can go to players who’ve been a part of the team for some of the year, coaches, trainers, and/or other staff on the club. Cubs players could decide to keep more for themselves, but every year, they decide to spread the love.

It wasn’t a ton of money – relatively speaking – to divvy up this year for the Cubs, but think about how much a bonus of sixteen grand could mean to a member of the staff or a coach or a trainer? That’s a seriously nice Christmas bonus.

The Cubs have some generous players, and clearly they’ve fostered a culture that encourages this kind of generosity. I dig it.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.