Koyie Hill, a catcher from Lawton Eisenhower, has played with nine major league organizations. Hill has played in parts of nine major league seasons despite suffering a severe hand injury in a table saw accident seven years ago.
In 872 career at bats with the Dodgers, Cubs and Diamondbacks, Hill hit .210 with eight home runs and 76 RBIs. He's a career .273 hitter in the minors.
Hill, 34, played at Wichita State and has lived in the offseason in Wichita with his wife and family his entire pro baseball career. He's now with the New Orleans Zephyrs, Miami's Triple-A team.
What are the challenges of playing for nine different organizations?
It's not ideal but it's fortunate that many clubs want you. You take some pride that clubs think you can help their big league club. You do what you have to do. I feel fortunate to still be playing at a high level. I'm enjoying it, having fun.
What are your favorite major league memories?
I got a double on my first major league at bat. I'll never forget that. Playing at Wrigley for as long as I did was a ton of fun.
Does it feel like old home week every time you play in Oklahoma City?
All my family is gone from Lawton but they now live in the Tulsa area. They come here when I'm playing in Oklahoma City. It's always a treat to come back to Oklahoma City. Plus, it's the closest for my family to come from Wichita. During the off day I went back home to Wichita.