Widow Gets Rockie Playoff $$$

Players award cut of winnings to family of minor league coach
By John Barley,  Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2007 2:11 PM CDT
This is a 2006 file photo of Mike Coolbaugh, formerly of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Coolbaugh, a batting coach for the Tulsa Drillers, was knocked unconscious by a line drive during the ninth...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Looking to close out their first-round playoff series this weekend, the Colorado Rockies are focused on more than just baseball, the Denver Post reports. Manager Clint Hurdle revealed yesterday that his players voted to give a share of their playoff income to the widow of a minor league coach killed by a line drive to the head earlier this season.

“When I heard about what the players did, I almost cried,” Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd said. Mike Coolbaugh, 35, was first-base coach for Colorado's Double-A Tulsa affiliate when he died in July. His widow, Amanda, is expecting the couple's third child this month. The playoff share could be worth as much as $362,000 if the Rockies win the World Series.