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DSpivack
07-23-2007, 01:58 AM
Minor league coach killed by line-drive foul ball.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/baseball/mlb/07/23/coolbaugh.dies.ap/index.html

I have no words besides may he rest in peace. Truly a tragic, freak accident.

Mods: This could go in the Parking Lot, Talking Baseball, or Minor Observations; I wasn't sure where to put it, but decided here because it seems a story beyond baseball.

ilsox7
07-23-2007, 02:07 AM
This is just awful. I saw some nasty injuries when I played, but obviously no one was killed. I'm surprised we don't have more tragic stories like this with the use of metal bats.

May he RIP.

BoysMom3
07-23-2007, 02:31 AM
This is so horrible!! He and his wife have two young sons, and his wife is expecting again in Oct. :(:

itsnotrequired
07-23-2007, 07:08 AM
Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh died Sunday night after being struck in the head by a line drive as he stood in the first-base coach's box during a Texas League game with the Arkansas Travelers, police said.

Coolbaugh played 44 games in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers over two seasons. The Drillers' Web site said Coolbaugh joined the Tulsa staff on July 3 as a batting coach. He played for the team briefly in 1996.

Coolbaugh's older brother, Scott, also played 167 major league games over parts of four seasons with Texas, San Diego and St. Louis in the early 1990s.

Coolbaugh is survived by his wife, Mandy, and two young sons, Joseph and Jacob, all of San Antonio. Mandy Coolbaugh is expecting another child in October.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-ap-bbm-coach-killed,1,4907335.story

SynchroJet
07-23-2007, 07:13 AM
I saw that on the news this morning. That is just a terrible and unfortunate accident.:(:

Viva Medias B's
07-23-2007, 08:11 AM
This is just awful. I saw some nasty injuries when I played, but obviously no one was killed. I'm surprised we don't have more tragic stories like this with the use of metal bats.

May he RIP.

I remember when University of Arizona infielder Kelsey Osburn was killed in summer league play during BP. IIRC, he was between first and second when a line drive struck him in the head. I cannot recall if he was wearing a batting helmet or not while on the bases, but college baseball has since gotten more strict on making players running the bases during BP to have their helmets on. Osburn lingured for a few days in a coma before slipping away.

Fenway
07-23-2007, 08:19 AM
:whiner:

Honestly I am surprised it doesn't happen more often. I will never forget the horror of Bryce Florie :(:

http://espn.go.com/i/eticket/20051109/i/w51.jpg
and then 2 years ago being in Tampa when Matt Clement was hit. He was never the same pitcher again as the White Sox found out in the playoffs.
http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2005/07/27/1122461778_4573.jpg

downstairs
07-23-2007, 08:24 AM
This is just awful. I saw some nasty injuries when I played, but obviously no one was killed. I'm surprised we don't have more tragic stories like this with the use of metal bats.

May he RIP.

Its the minors, not college. Aren't they wood bat only?

SoxandtheCityTee
07-23-2007, 08:49 AM
Just heard about this. He was 35 years old. I don't know much about the benefits system in the minors but I hope there is some help for his widow, with two little boys and a baby on the way. Very, very sad.

ilsox7
07-23-2007, 09:01 AM
Its the minors, not college. Aren't they wood bat only?

Yes. But it just emphasizes how dangerous the game can be with wood bats, let alone metal bats.

I had a teammate hit with a line drive in the temple (metal bats). He was in the ICU for a few days with brain swelling and whatnot. Luckily, he was OK. I also had another teammate foul a pitch straight down and the ball came back up into his eye. It was really ugly and he almost detached his retina.

A lot of incidents would not happen if metal bats were banned. The only reasons metal bats are even used anymore are solely economical in nature.

thomas35forever
07-23-2007, 04:16 PM
Considering he had just gotten the job, it makes the story even more of a tragedy. RIP.:(:

michned
07-24-2007, 01:28 AM
Considering he had just gotten the job, it makes the story even more of a tragedy. RIP.:(:

I think Vin Scully has some valid points for base coaches wearing helmets in Downey's column. Jeez, it seems to make so much sense, why hasn't it ever been required?

Link (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-070723downey,1,3278228.column?page=1&coll=cs-whitesox-headlines)

Chicken Dinner
07-26-2007, 11:01 AM
And now this......weird and sad.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,290798,00.html