According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Gomes came up with the idea to donate one of the A's full playoff shares to charity a few weeks ago. On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the distribution of those shares, with the A's receiving 51 full shares worth $34,325.16 a piece.
With Gomes' suggestion in mind, his former teammates and coaches responded by unanimously deciding one full share would indeed be donated to charity.
Gomes suggested that the #Athletics provide one full share to charity and all the players were for it. Unanimous decision to make donation.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 26, 2012
The donation won't quite make the impact it could have had the A's made it deeper into the postseason — the world champion San Francisco Giants received a record $377,002.64 for every full playoff share and the American League champion Detroit Tigers also received a record $284,274.50 payoff for finishing second best. But the A's share still represents a significant amount of much-needed funds that will go to one or several charities depending on how they divide it up.
It also shows a lot of character and unselfishness on the part of Gomes and the organization. Their kind gesture takes me back to the Colorado Rockies' decision to vote a full playoff share to the family of Mike Coolbaugh back in 2007. Earlier that season, Coolbaugh was killed after being struck in the head by a line drive while coaching first base for Colorado's Double-A affiliate in Tulsa. His widow, Amanda, ultimately received a share worth $233,505.18 thanks to the Rockies' unlikely trip to the World Series.
It would be great if the donation of a playoff share to charity and other worthy causes caught on around the league, or even if MLB set one share aside that is designed to go a charity of the team's choice. Obviously the players and other personnel have earned their fair rewards, but there's a chance to establish something very cool and very meaningful that gives back and benefits the communities and charities attached to the organizations involved.
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