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Great reflexes don't guarantee protection

Originally Published: July 23, 2007
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Base coaches in the major leagues are "a fraternity," says Rich Donnelly, the third-base coach of the Dodgers. They talk all the time about their jobs, about giving signs, sending runners, etc. And they talk all the time about the danger and the fear of standing 90 feet, sometimes closer, from a hitter that might hit a line drive at them at an inconceivable rate of speed.

"Today," Donnelly said, "I am sick to my stomach."

Sunday night, Mike Coolbaugh, the first base coach ...

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