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Ex-Astros coach who almost died at W.S. parade will be on All-Star Game staff

Houston Astros first base coach Rich Dauer, who nearly died at the parade celebrating the team’s World Series championship last year, will join AJ Hinch’s staff at the 2018 All-Star Game, as the Astros skipper will be managing the AL squad.

Brian McTaggart, Astros beat writer for the MLB.com tweeted out the heartwarming news.

Dauer collapsed at the parade in Houston last year, something that was precipitated by him slipping on a wet floor and hitting his head the night before the celebration. It was determined Dauer suffered a subdural hematoma before falling into a coma. He was only given a three-percent chance to live, per his family, after undergoing emergency surgery.

After three days of touch and go uncertainty, Dauer miraculously recovered. He formally announced his retirement a short time later, although that decision had been made before his frightening medical situation.

Dauer made an inspiring return to Minute Maid Park in spring when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of an April 2 game.

It goes without saying that the first pitch ceremony proved to be an emotional scene for everyone involved. For Hinsch to include Dauer in the All-Star Game festivities in July at Nationals Park is yet another great moment in a situation that looked awfully dire only six months ago.