Q&A: New Orleans Zephyrs' Koyie Hill talks about coming back after table saw injury, hitting at Wrigley Field

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.
by Michael Baldwin Published: April 27, 2013
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Were you concerned your career might end after the saw table incident in 2007?

Sure, at first there was a little doubt at what level I could play. I respected the level of play. I knew what it took. I'm a catcher and my right hand, the one I throw with, was mangled up. I knew I'd have to throw guys out (trying to steal) at the major league level, plus using that hand on the bat. There was a little wait-and-see. But I had no doubts whether I would come back. To get back to the big leagues in less than a year was a goal. I was fortunate. My best years in the big leagues were after that. I guess it was a lot of want-to and good things going right.

Do you take pride playing a demanding position this many years?

It's definitely more challenging than standing in the outfield. You get your fair share of foul tips. I've had minor bumps and bruises. But I've been fortunate. All I had to speak of is I suffered a broken ankle in a home-plate collision with Ty Wigginton in 2004 when I was with Arizona.

How much longer do you plan to play?

As long as they'll let me. It's not like I'm just hanging out. Injuries happen all the time. Needs change all the time. Right now I'm healthy and having fun. But we were playing against a kid the other day born in '93 (Round Rock shortstop Jurickson Profar), which makes you feel your age a little.

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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