In baseball, a line drive is a type of batted ball, sharply hit, and on (or slightly above) a level trajectory. The threshold between a line drive (also sometimes called a liner or frozen rope) and a fly ball can be subjective.
Line drives can be dangerous to baseball players and spectators. For example, on July 22, 2007, Tulsa Drillers first base coach Mike Coolbaugh was killed in a line drive accident at an away game with the Arkansas Travelers. Though the ball hit his neck, his death was the impetus for base coaches to start wearing helmets. On May 7, 2013, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was injured in a line drive accident by Tampa Bay Rays batter Desmond Jennings. Happ was taken to the Bayfront Medical Center and was discharged the next morning.
- Associated Press (8 November 2007). "Coolbaugh's death prompts MLB to adopt helmets for base coaches". ESPN. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
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