Royals news and notes

The KC Royals have been fairly quiet so far this offseason. Here are a few things that happened concerning the team this week.

  • Jayson Nix chose free agency rather than the Triple-A assignment. Meaning, the Royals do not have to pay him in arbitration and they now have an extra 40-man roster spot.
  • Outfielder/DH Josh Willingham announced his retirement. The news ended his 11 year playing career. And to think I met him and his then-girlfriend (now wife Ginger) back in 2003 when I was interning at Roger Dean Stadium (spring training home of St. Louis and now Miami).

Royals bagWillingham hit 195 career home runs and an average of .253. His career began with the Florida Marlins and continued to Washington, Oakland, Minnesota, and the Royals.

This past season, he reached the postseason for the first time in his career.

  • The postseason shares were announced.

The SF Giants full postseason shares were worth a record-high of $388,605.94. That broke the record of their 2012 World Series share.

Totally, Major League Baseball shelled out just over $26 million in postseason shares. According to MLB.com, here is how the money was figured out:

from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games, 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series, 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the Championship Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.

The Royals players earned $230,699.73. The Royals received $14,886,350.85 of the players’ pool. The Royals issued 54 full shares, a total of 9.77 partial shares and 25 cash awards.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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