November 8, 2007
On July 22, 2007 it was supposed to be just another game in the Texas League between the Arkansas Travelers and the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies and were on the road to face the Travelers. In the ninth inning with the Drillers down 7-3 first baseman Tino Sanchez came to the plate. He hit a line drive foul down the first base line which struck first base coach Mike Coolbaugh in the head. The couch fell to the ground unconscious and stopped breathing. He was shortly pronounced dead. The accident devastated major league and minor league players and officials. The Colorado Rockies players went as far as to vote the Coolbaugh family a full player’s share of their post season winnings. Coolbaugh, 35, was survived by his two sons Jacob and Joseph as well as his wife Amanda who gave birth last month to the couple’s first daughter Anne Michel Coolbaugh. It was a tragic story that brought to light a very serious danger.