Koyie Hill has played parts of seven seasons in the major leagues. He has been with the Chicago Cubs since 2007. Last year, he hit .237, with 2 HR's, 24 RBI's, 26 Runs and 0 stolen bases. That's a decent year for a backup catcher. Of course, Hill played a bit more than a standard backup catcher.
Either way, the bottom line was that his stats were good enough for me to win yet another bet with my nephew Matt. Matt is a White Sox fan (as long as the wind is blowing the right way) and pitted Corky Miller against Hill in a battle of the five offensive categories for the entire 2009 season. Unfortunately for Matt, Miller got injured. Being the benevolent uncle, I allowed him to substitute Ramon Castro, who took over the backup duties.
Even with the Castro-Miller pairing, Matt still lost the bet. Castro-Miller hit .200 with 4 HR's, 17 RBI's, 13 Runs and 0 stolen bases. Translation:Hill took 3 of the 5 categories.
When I met Hill is mid-June of 2009, I told him I had a bet riding on him. He laughed and asked why we would be betting on backup catchers. I told him we have made bets on much sillier subjects. He was a funny guy who said he would do his best for me.
This year, Matt and I have revised the bet to be all Cubs catchers against all White Sox catchers. For the record, I am ahead so far.