An absolute tragedy
Coolbaugh was hired by the Rockies just a few weeks ago as interim hitting coach; if not for predecessor Orlando Merced's "personal reasons," Coolbaugh probably wouldn't have been within a hundred miles of Tino Sanchez's foul liner last night. He wouldn't be dead, today.
Coolbaugh was a baseball lifer. He got only 15 hits as a major leaguer (which, by the way, is 15 more than most of us will ever get), but he also racked up 1,575 hits as a minor leaguer (which, by the way, is 1,575 more than most of us will ever get). His brother Scott, once considered a top prospect in the Rangers' organization, did better in the majors but didn't last as long in the minors, retiring as a player at 33. Between the two of them, and including Scott's seasons in Japan and Korea, the Coolbaughs must have wound up with something close to 3,000 hits in professional baseball.