Sharing the postseason wealth

September 24, 2008 - 11:18 am

The Red Sox closed their clubhouse shortly after batting practice to hold a team meeting. Though the club did not say as much, the obvious purpose was to discuss playoff shares. A couple fascinating dilemmas lord over the process. 1) How much of a share should Curt Schilling get? A key member of both the 2004 and 2007 titles, Schilling made the rounds in the clubhouse today to congratulate his teammates.  2) How much of a share should Manny Ramirez get? Given his Operation: Shutdown approach to the trade deadline, this one will be fascinating. In 2004, of course, reports emerged that the Sox had decided to give Nomar Garciaparra (dealt on July 31) a full playoff share. After the World Series, it was learned that the deposed shortstop had only received a three-quarters share.  The Sox handed out 47 playoff shares last year after awarding 58 in 2004. A year ago, shares for World Series winners were a bit more than $300,000, down roughly 15 percent from 2006. Here is a complete list of World Series shares through the years.