Bako or Hill – to be or not to be??? The race for the back-up catcher position comes down to veteran Paul Bako and youngster Koyie Hill. Bako has been around the block for several years on several major league baseball teams. Bako even caught for the Cubs during the 2003 and 2004 MLB seasons, hitting .218 for the Cubs as the back-up catcher. Bako’s main advantage is that he is a left-handed hitter – both GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella have indicated that the Cubs would like to have a more balanced offensive attack in 2009. Bako also brings experience.
Hill has spent some time with the Cubs on the big league level, but still has some learning to do. In his time in the big leagues, Cubs pitchers did comment on how well of a game he called despite his youth. But our felling here is that the Cubs take the conservative approach and go with the veteran Bako. If it doesn’t work out early on, the Cubs can then turn to the youngster Hill to fill the back-up void.