Rockies Vote Full Playoff Share to Coolbaugh Family

coolbaugh.jpgMike Coolbaugh had only been coaching first base for the Tulsa Drillers for a few weeks when a line drive struck him in the neck and killed him. To the players and administrators at Tulsa’s parent club, the Colorado Rockies, that makes no difference. Coolbaugh was family, and you take care of family.

In this case, taking care of family means voting a full playoff share to Coolbaugh’s wife, Amanda, and his young children Joseph and Jacob (Deadspin commenter Upstate Underdog reminds me that Coolbaugh’s widow is also pregnant with the couple’s third child).

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.

[MiLB.com]

And with that, the Rockies’ already impressive run to the MLB playoffs becomes inspirational and meaningful outside of the events on the field. Kudos to the elated Colorado players in the wild-card hunt for taking time out to remember what life is really about.

Former Drillers on the Rockies’ Playoff Roster:

Jeff Baker-Outfielder (2004)
Manuel Corpas-Pitcher (2006)
Jeff Francis-Pitcher (2004)
Brad Hawpe-Outfielder (2003)
Matt Holliday-Outfielder (2003, 2005)
Chris Iannetta-Catcher (2005, 2006)
Ubaldo Jimenez-Pitcher (2005, 2006)
Franklin Morales-Pitcher (2007)
Mark Redman-Pitcher (2007)
Seth Smith-Outfielder (2006)
Ryan Spilborghs-Outfielder (2005)
Ryan Speier-Pitcher (2004)
Cory Sullivan-Outfielder (2003)
Troy Tulowitzki-Shortstop (2006)

[TulsaDrillers.com]

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Does anybody know how much it is? I mean, it could be anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000, right?

    Either way, that’s pretty cool.

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  2. Posted by UkraineNotWeak on October 5, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Could be $362K if they were to win the World Series.

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  3. Yeah, my understanding is that it escalates for every rung they climb, but even if they somehow lose out right now, it’s still pretty close to 100K.

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  4. Posted by Chris on October 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    he was not hit in the head…he was hit in the neck. just figured you might want to revise your info. pretty cool of the rockies!

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  5. Thanks, Chris. I do strive for accuracy. Fixed.

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  6. Posted by jesse on October 5, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    “voting a full playoff share.” does this mean one share or a team share, because that would be incredible

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