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Playoff shares announced; Giants get record $377,002.64

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For the San Francisco Giants, it pays to make the playoffs. And not only because they won another Commissioner's Trophy, marking their second World Series championship since 2010.

It pays because there's also money involved.

Major League Baseball announced its playoff shares on Monday, and the Giants earned a record $377,002.64 for every full share. That means (assuming players voted each a full share), Aubrey Huff got the same money as Pablo Sandoval. Huff went 1 for 9 with a walk in the playoffs. Panda did Panda things. Communism trumps capitalism. Take that, 1 Percenters!

The Giants' take beat the Cardinals' record purse from 2006, when each full-share player received about $362,000.

Perhaps you're wondering why the pot doesn't grow each year. Well, ESPN's Richard Durrett broke down where this year's $65.3 million kitty comes from:

The players' pool comes 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 League Championship Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.

Durrett also reports that the AL champion Detroit Tigers got $284,274.50 (also a record for the World Series loser) for reaching the Fall Classic. The Texas Rangers get $16,999.09 per man for losing the AL wild-card game. All in a day's work. The average major-league salary in 2012, as of opening day, was $3.4 million as computed by USA Today. So we're not talking huge ballplayer bucks as far as these playoff bonuses go, but it's a nice chunk of change, especially for pre-arb players.

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