Rockies vote Coolbaugh family playoff share

Rockies remember Minor League coach killed by foul ball

Mike Coolbaugh was killed after being struck by a line drive just weeks after he began coaching for the Tulsa Drillers. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

By Thomas Harding / | October 4, 2007 1:46 PM

PHILADELPHIA -- The Rockies weren't too busy winning to try to help a family through the worst kind of loss.

Manager Clint Hurdle revealed Thursday that the team last week voted a full playoff share to Amanda Coolbaugh, whose husband, Mike Coolbaugh, was killed when hit by a foul ball while coaching first base for the Rockies' Double-A Tulsa squad on July 22.

Hurdle said the gesture "speaks to their awareness, speaks to their passion, speaks to their ... I don't know, everything good about them."

Rookie shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was with Hurdle at a press conference when the manager revealed the players' decision, said some of the veteran players brought up the idea and the rest of the squad agreed.

"We decided as a team ... it was the right thing to do," Tulowitzki said.

At the time of the incident, Coolbaugh, 35, and his wife had two children, Joseph, 5, and Jacob, 3, and were expecting their third child this month.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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