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Besides their surprising 14-1 finish to the season, the Colorado Rockies are giving baseball fans far and wide another reason to cheer for them this postseason.

The widow of Rockies' Double-A coach Mike Coolbaugh, who died after getting hit by a line drive earlier this season, was voted a playoff share by the team.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said the gesture spoke volumes about the quality of the character in their locker room.

"I was passed on the information that they voted Amanda Coolbaugh a share, a full share, which I found speaks to their awareness, speaks to their passion, speaks to every good thing about them," Hurdle said.

Amanda Coolbaugh, who is 32 and pregnant, won't attend Saturday's Game 3 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Rockies at Coors Field. But her two sons, Joseph, 5, and Jacob, 3, will be in attendance and will throw out the first pitch.

"When I heard about what the players did, I almost cried," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "This was the players' idea. I think it's remarkable."


If the Rockies win the WS, a share would be worth between $220,000- $330,000. If the Rockies win the NLCS, a share could be worth up to $200,000. If the Rockies win the NLDS, a share could be worth up to $100,000.

They mentioned this on the TBS broadcast and this is especially impactful because a lot of the players are homegrown and came up in the system together so this really hit home for them.

This is such a wonderful idea.!

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I'm really upset that they're playing the Phillies in the first round. For one thing, because it looks like they're going to beat them. For another thing, if this was any other year, I'd be the biggest Rockies fan on the East Coast right now. This just adds to that. Very nice story.

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