As most of you know by now, Tulsa Drillers first base coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck in the head by a line drive last night and killed.
Here are Coolbaugh's career stats: Mike Coolbaugh.
I really don't know what to say about this. As a player, Coolbaugh was a fine example of the Triple-A slugger. He had power, decent defensive skills at third base, and a good work ethic. Typecast as an organization player, he received just a couple of brief trials in the majors. He was well-respected, and had a long future in the game ahead of him as a coach and perhaps a manager. He was married, with two sons. His wife is expecting a third child this fall.
Condolences to his family, friends, and teammmates. And we should probably send some thoughts the way of the guy who hit the ball, Tino Sanchez.. The Rockies need to get him some counseling right away.
I think you will see a campaign to get coaches to wear helmets. It's been vaguely discussed for years, but perhaps this horrible accident will get the ball moving.