“These Tears Are So Freaking Delicious”- Houston Astros Leaves the MLB World Buzzing With a Massive $516,347 for Its Stars

Published 11/24/2022, 6:30 AM EST

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The Houston Astros reigned over their opponents this year. They were absolutely dominant in the regular season. Holding on to the top rank, they clinched the playoff berths with the zonal crown. Following on, the Astros were far more majestic in the postseason. 

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As per popular knowledge, the ghosts of their sign-stealing scandal still haunt the Astros from 2017. However, the Astros have traveled far beyond their infamous image since then. This year, in particular, the Dusty Baker-led team has proved why they are a champion team.


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So putting the icing on their cake, the Astros have received the largest postseason bonus in MLB history. Thus, they have now surpassed the previous highest amount they themselves had set back in 2017. Consequently, MLB fans have joined in a debate over the matter.

How did the fans react to the Houston Astros bonus report? 

The Houston Astros’ postseason bonus shares for each player this year are worth $516,347 million. The humongous amount got generated out of a record players’ pool worth $107.5 million. There was a 19 percent increase from last year’s pool, courtesy of the new wildcard series system. Thus, the Astros issued $940,000 in cash awards, including 59 full shares and 14.14 partial shares. 

Fox Sports network posted the news on their official Twitter account, quoting, “The celebration isn’t stopping in Houston, the Astros got paid.” 


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One fan replied, by stating, “This is a big deal for many of our players because our roster is made up of prospects and guys still on rookie deals and very low contracts.”

While another fan rather took a dig by writing, “Gross. They should be required to donate that money for cheating or at least half.” 

Yet another fan wrote, “Now go look up what the team did with that $37M. They voted to shower most of it on coaches, staff, other employees… They gave, in some cases, life changing money to front office employees, bat boys, minor league staff, etc. Run and tell that.” 

One more fan wrote, “Astros will go down in history as cheaters and it’s sad because they’re good. Respect this year and their game but they are a trash org and trash people. MLB was too weak to punish them properly. Weak. That’s why ppl mad.” 

While defending the Astros, one of the fans wrote, “Dude, these tears are so freaking delicious!” 

A few more fan reactions: 

Therefore, the MLB community has again gone against each other over a report involving the Astros. 


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But at the end of the day, the Astros players have reaped the benefits of their glory. 

A recap of the World Series reading 

The Astros faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series this. While the Phillies provided a stiff challenge, the Astros clearly proved to be the stronger team. Eventually, the Astros won the World Series by defeating the Phillies on a 4-2 margin. 


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So, do you believe the Houston Astros players are truly deserving of that bonus amount? 



Written by:

Madhurjya Bhuyan


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Madhurjya Bhuyan is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. He has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in English Literature from Gauhati University and IGNOU, respectively, and also possesses prior professional experience as a content developer. Being a performance artist since childhood, Madhurjya has always aimed to contribute towards creativity in any possible manner, and writing only boosts that desire.
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