MILWAUKEE -- Former manager Ned Yost, who was dismissed by the team with 12 games left in the regular season, received one of the Brewers' 48 full postseason shares worth $28,295.68, according to one Milwaukee player.
Brewers players met privately during the final weekend of the regular season to vote on payouts from the "players' pool," which was formed from 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the four Division Series and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the two League Championship Series and the World Series. It was divided among 12 clubs: the World Series participants, the League Championship Series and Division Series runners-up, and the four regular-season second-place clubs that were not Wild Card participants.
Major League Baseball announces the value of shares each year. A full postseason share for the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies totaled $351,312.32, while a full share for the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays totaled $223,390.05.
The Brewers' share of the players' pool was $1,534,779.83. Players held a secret vote days before they clinched the NL Wild Card and awarded 48 full shares, 5.786 partial shares and 10 cash awards. Yost and former bench coach Ted Simmons, who was reassigned within the organization the day Yost was dismissed, were among those who received full shares.
"There are unwritten rules about how to do things," the voting player said. "And that was the right thing to do. If you're there more than 50 percent of the season, you're pretty much getting a full share."
Brewers coaches, bullpen coach Marcus Hanel and video coordinator Joe Crawford were among the non-players who received full shares. Clubhouse attendants were among the non-uniformed personnel compensated in some way.
Because the Brewers exercised Yost's 2009 contract option prior to last season, he also will be paid his salary -- reportedly $1.1 million -- in '09. Yost has not hooked on with another organization.
Coaches were not involved in the voting. But hitting coach Dale Sveum, who finished last season as the team's interim manager and participated in a number of players-only votes during his playing career, was pleased to hear about the large number of shares awarded. Only the Cubs (50 full shares) and the Dodgers (49) doled out more.
"That's pretty generous by the players," Sveum said. "Every time they vote a full share above the minimum, that's a few thousand dollars out of their own pockets. So that's the players worrying about other people, not just themselves. Sometimes those shares can turn peoples' lives around."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.