Found January 12, 2013 on MLB Buzz:
Washington Nationals players voted last year to split a full postseason share among personnel in the organization’s scouting and player development departments. While there is precedent for such action by a team, it isn’t routine. Players more frequently include employees who are around the club every day, such as clubhouse attendants and bullpen catchers. For every playoff team, the distribution of shares is voted on before the postseason begins by players who spent the entire year with the club. The Nationals awarded 49 full shares, each valued at $37,045.32. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said “a few key veterans” led the push to include the scouting and player development staff in the bonus pool. “That was a nice gesture showing their appreciation for all of the hours and hard work that those individuals put in,” Rizzo said through a team spokesperson. “There are a lot of behind-the-scenes individuals who contribute to a winning season, and I was glad to see our players recognize t

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Video: Bryce Harper explains his eyeblack styles

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Player Profile #158: Danny Espinosa | 2B | WAS

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Trading for Nationals Slugger Mike Morse ‘Makes Sense’ for Red Sox, Says Ken Rosenthal

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