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Rockies vote 44 full shares from playoff pool

Coolbaugh's widow gets $233,505 as part of team voting

Published November 27, 2007 at 12:45 a.m.

Rockies players voted 44 full shares of their postseason pool, including the widow of former Double-A Tulsa coach Mike Coolbaugh and the two rookie pitchers who filled voids in the rotation.

The Rockies, who lost to Boston in the World Series, were given $12,590,253.89 to divvy up, which they divided into shares valued at $233,505.18.

The Red Sox pool was $18,885,380.84, and they voted 47 full shares worth $308,235.75 apiece, lower than each of the two previous World Series champions.

St. Louis players received $362,183.97 in 2006, breaking the mark set by the 2005 Chicago White Sox, who each received $324,532.72. Detroit, which lost to St. Louis in 2006, voted 39 full shares worth $291,667.68.

The players' share is based on 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of each division series and the first four games of the league championship series and World Series.

That pot is split among the eight teams that participate in the postseason plus the four second-place teams that did not earn a wild-card spot.

Any player who spends the full season on a major league roster - or the big-league disabled list - automatically receives a full share, which covered 20 Rockies players, including pitcher Rodrigo Lopez, who underwent elbow surgery during the season and was limited to 14 starts.

Rockies players then voted 24 additional full shares, according to information obtained by the Rocky Mountain News. Major League Baseball does not identify individuals who are voted shares.

The Rockies' awards included Mandy Coolbaugh, whose husband died after being struck by a line drive while coaching first base in Tulsa, Okla., during the season.

The Rockies also voted five partial shares and 45 cash awards.

Rockies players recognized the efforts of players who were key parts of the team winning its first NL pennant, even though they were not on the major league roster the entire season.

Those included right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, a July call-up who became the No. 3 starter, and left-hander Franklin Morales, an August call-up who was inserted into the rotation and started in the first two rounds of the postseason before moving to the bullpen for the World Series.

Other players receiving full shares even though they were not on the roster the full season were outfielders Ryan Spilborghs and Cory Sullivan, catcher Chris Iannetta and right-handed relievers Matt Herges and Jorge Julio.

Besides Lopez, the 19 players who automatically received full shares were catcher Yorvit Torrealba, first baseman Todd Helton, second baseman Kazuo Matsui, third baseman Garrett Atkins, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, left fielder Matt Holliday, center fielder Willy Taveras, right fielder Brad Hawpe, reserves Jeff Baker and Jamey Carroll, right- handed pitchers Taylor Buchholz, Aaron Cook, Manny Corpas, Josh Fogg, LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Hirsh and left-handed pitchers Jeremy Affeldt, Jeff Francis and Brian Fuentes.

Also receiving full shares were manager Clint Hurdle, coaches Bob Apodaca, Alan Cockrell, Mike Gallego, Glenallen Hill, Rick Matthews and Jamie Quirk, strength and conditioning coach Brad Andress, video coordinators Brian Jones, trainer Keith Dugger, assistant trainer Scotty Gehret, clubhouse manager Keith Schulz, bullpen catcher Mark Strittmatter, traveling secretary Paul Egins and the grounds crew, which splits the share.

The teams that lost in the LCS divided $6,295,126.95 apiece, with Arizona, which lost to the Rockies, voting 33 full shares worth $139,459.87, and Cleveland, which lost to Boston, voting 50 shares worth $107,457.62 each.

The four teams that lost in the division series each received $1,573,781.74. The Cubs voted 52 full shares worth $24,507.95 apiece, the Angels 44 full shares worth $31,593.75, the Yankees 47 full shares worth $26,304.22, and the Phillies 46 full shares worth $28,058.04.

The four second-place finishers that did not participate in the postseason received $524,593.91. Seattle voted 46 full shares, which were worth $9,112.12 apiece. The Tigers and Mets voted 41 full shares. The Tigers' share was worth $10,610.74 compared with $9,411.28 for the Mets, who also voted 14.63 partial shares and two cash awards compared with five partial shares and 15 cash awards for the Tigers.

Milwaukee voted 38 full shares, worth $11,403.97 apiece.

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