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Orioles honored late PR director with playoff money, gave full share to Chris Davis

When the Orioles players met in September to vote on how they would divvy up whatever playoff money they would receive from the 2014 postseason, they made a point to remember late public relations director Monica Barlow.

In fact, they made two points.

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Although the specific breakdown isn't released to the public, one source who had direct knowledge of how the playoff shares were divided said the Orioles players chose two different ways to remember Barlow, who died in February at age 36 after a protracted battle with lung cancer.

The players assigned one cash award to Barlow’s estate and made a separate donation to the LUNGevity Foundation, which provides lung cancer research, educational programs and support for lung cancer patients. Barlow was heavily involved with the charity.

Although the source would not reveal the exact amount of the two awards, they were characterized as "very significant donations." Overall, the players voted to present 36 cash awards; typically most are given to support staff members who helped all season.

But the source said the players were in agreement that they wanted to use some of the money in a way that Barlow would appreciate. "It was an opportunity to do some good, and the guys seized it."

The Orioles, who lost in four games to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, received a total of $7.44 million from the total playoff pot of $62 million, which is derived from a portion of gate revenue from postseason games.

The team voted full shares to 52 players -- which came to $125,288.04 bonus for each. They also awarded 6.25 partial shares in addition to the 36 cash awards.

There was one report on Twitter earlier this week that suggested slugger Chris Davis, who was suspended in September for testing positive for amphetamines and missed the playoffs, may not have received a full share. That's false, the source said.

Not only did Davis, who played 127 games for the Orioles in 2014, receive a full share, but the source said doing otherwise was never even discussed when the decisions were being made.

dan.connolly@baltsun.com
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