NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Josh Hamilton #32 and Bengie Molina #11 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after MOlina scored in the top of the ninth inning against the New York Yankees in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Hamilton;Bengie Molina
The Texas Rangers are finding out that finishing runner-up has its perks.
On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the post season shares for each of the playoff teams. Rangers players will receive $246,279.55 apiece for their runner-up finish.
Players for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants will receive $317,631.29 per player.
The players’ pool is compiled by adding 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 World Series, according bizofbaseball.com. That money is divided among the eight postseason clubs and the four second-place teams that didn't win a wild card.
The biggest paycheck will be going to Bengie Molina. Hardballtalk.com reports the Rangers catcher played half the season with Texas and the first half with the world champion Giants. Molina is likely to get a full share from both teams meaning he will take home an extra $563,910.84.