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Nationals cash in with playoff shares

Nationals cash in with playoff shares

Win the World Series, receive an extra $382,358.18.

Such is the case for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals issued 61 full playoff shares, 14.13 partial shares and two cash awards out of their $29,110,012.47 player pool, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. 

The players' pool is generated by a percentage of postseason gate receipts. The breakdown works like this: 50 percent from the Wild-Card Games, 60 percent from the first three games of the Division Series and 60 percent from the first four games of both the League Championship Series and World Series. 

This year's total pool ( $80,861,145.74) was the third-largest in history, according to MLB.

Washington's share totals are lower than Boston's distribution of a year ago. The Red Sox handed out 66 shares of $416,837.72 after winning the 2018 World Series.

A full share from Houston as the 2019 runner-up clocked in at $256,030.16.

Players hold a meeting before the postseason to decide how to distribute playoff shares. Fifty players appeared in games for the Nationals in 2019. So, 11 non-players received full playoff shares. The extra $328,000-plus may not be much to Max Scherzer, who has a $210 million contract. But, it can be a windfall for others working behind the scenes.

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Virginia General Assembly issues proclamation to commend Nationals for World Series run

Virginia General Assembly issues proclamation to commend Nationals for World Series run

“Baby Shark” may forever be ingrained in the memories of Nationals fans, but now the song—as well as many other key contributors to the team’s World Series run—is officially a part of Virginia history after the General Assembly issued a joint proclamation Tuesday commending the club on its title.

With general manager Mike Rizzo and the commissioner’s trophy in attendance, lawmakers met Tuesday and agreed to issue a proclamation to “commend the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, 2019 World Series champions, on the occasion of their monumental victory.”

They also asked that the clerk send a copy of the document to the Lerner family “as an expression of the General Assembly’s admiration for the team’s success and its contributions to the Commonwealth.”

The proclamation details the path that led to the Nationals’ improbable championship run, including its 19-31 start, five comeback wins in elimination games, UVA alumni Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle, dugout dances and, of course, “Baby Shark.”

“The Washington Nationals demonstrated to young players all over the world what can be accomplished through grit and determination and gave fans a moment they will cherish for the rest of their lives,” the document reads.

It’s been a whirlwind of an offseason for the Nationals, who won the World Series and paraded down the streets of D.C. before a slew of key contributors hit free agency days later. The Nationals have re-signed several of those players, including the aforementioned Zimmerman, as they look to defend their title in 2020.

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Nationals officially announce re-signing of franchise icon Ryan Zimmerman

Nationals officially announce re-signing of franchise icon Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman is officially back with the only organization he’s ever known after the Nationals announced Tuesday that they re-signed the first baseman to a one-year deal.

Multiple outlets reported Friday that Zimmerman and the Nationals agreed on a $2 million base salary for 2020 with incentives related to playing time that could push the amount to $5 million. Washington also owes Zimmerman $2 million for the buyout of his team option for this season from his last contract.

Since being the inaugural draft pick of the Nationals after they moved to D.C., Zimmerman has set team records (2005-present) for games (1,689), hits (1,784), home runs (270), RBIs (1,015), runs (936) and walks (630). He endeared himself to fans as the face of the franchise during its early years of turmoil.

After sticking it through a rebuild and several prompt playoff exits, Zimmerman played a key role in the Nationals’ World Series run this past October—most notably hitting the first World Series home run in team history off Gerrit Cole in Game 1. He gave a tear-filled speech at the team’s celebratory parade in November, calling D.C. “the greatest city to play sports in the world.”

The Nationals’ 40-man roster sits at 39 after the move. Zimmerman is expected to split time at first base with offseason signee Eric Thames. That rotation could include postseason hero Howie Kendrick as well, but the addition of Zimmerman likely means Kendrick sees more action at second than first.

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