Rockies remember coach killed by line drive with full playoff share
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Colorado Rockies voted a full playoff share for the widow of minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, killed by a line drive this season while coaching first base.
Some of the veteran players decided to award a full share to Amanda Coolbaugh. Their two sons, five-year-old Joseph and three-year-old Jacob, will throw out the first pitch in Game 3 at Colorado.
Coolbaugh was a first base coach for the Rockies' Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers. The former major leaguer was killed July 22, when a line drive struck him in the head.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said awarding the family a share was the right thing to do.
"We're obviously happy with the decision," Tulowitzki said on Thursday. "I hope they are, too, and I'm sure they will be."
Shaken by Coolbaugh's death, Rockies first base coach Glenallen Hill now wears a helmet.
Manager Clint Hurdle was touched by the gesture.
"(It) speaks to their awareness, speaks to their passion, speaks to every good thing about them," Hurdle said.
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For those of you that don't know, Coolbaugh was a former Astros minor league player, among many other teams. I saw him play many times at Round Rock. This is an amazing gesture by the Rockies players. It's not so much about the money as it is telling Coolbaugh's wife (who is also pregnant with their 3rd child) that they are a part of the team and won't be forgotten.
I will now be rooting all the way for the Rockies. I was split between the Phillies and Rockies. I'm from Philadelphia originally and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the Rockies come from nowhere to make the playoffs (and now possibly the NLCS since they're up 2-0).