Royals flush with bonus cash from record postseason shares

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Before the Kansas City Royals get their World Series rings, they're getting a bonus. On Monday, Major League Baseball revealed the bonus for winning the World Series is more than $25 million.

Fifty-eight people will get just over $370,000 each for their role in the title run. The U.S. Census Bureau says that the average family income in Kansas was just over $66,000 in 2014; in Missouri, it was just over $61,000. Take the income from six families combined, and that is the bonus each Royals player got for winning the World Series.

That amount of money could buy a palatial four-bedroom, 3.5 bath Northland home or a house located on prime real estate right off of Ward Parkway. For players who make millions, it is a bonus for a job well done, but for most people it is a life changing amount of money.

"I would buy a brand new Mercedes,” Nina Riley told FOX 4

Riley could buy a Mercedes C Class sedan for her and eight of her closest friends, or splurge on a top of the line Mercedes-Maybach S600 for just under $200,000, and still have money left over.

The bonus money is generated from post season gate receipts...so all of the clubs that made it into the post season got a share of the players pool...a record total  at just under 70 million dollars.

Besides the Royals at the top, New York Mets players got about $300,000 each, the Chicago Cubs received $122,000 and the Toronto Blue Jays got about $142,000.

FOX 4 asked the Royals organization for a breakdown of what other staffers got, and we were told that the players conduct a secret vote to reward team members and staffers that they feel are deserving. That information is never made public. All they would tell us is that the Royals issued 58 full shares, 8.37 partial shares and 50 cash awards.

According to MLB.com, the collective 2015 pool of $69,882,149.26 eclipsed the previous record of $65,363,469.22 in 2012.