Pays off to finish second

As it turns out, finishing second does have its rewards. To players on the Marlins, it means another $10,000 in their pockets.

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the postseason shares for the 2009 season. A full share for players on the Marlins is $10,424.45.

In the final month of the season, players on the Marlins voted for their shares. In all, the team

awarded 49 full shares, 7.28 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Bonus money is awarded to the first and second place teams in each division. The Marlins won 87 games, second behind the Phillies in the NL East.

A full share for the World Series champion Yankees is $365,052.73. The Phillies received $265,357.50 for a full share.

The Marlins placed second for the third time in their history. The organization has never won the division. The only Florida clubs to win more games were 1997 (92) and 2003 (91). Both of those squads reached the playoffs via the Wild Card, and they went on to capture the World Series crown.

— Joe Frisaro

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