Paul Bako signs to be Chicago Cubs ba...

Paul Bako signs to be Chicago Cubs backup catcher

There are 127 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 30, 2009, titled Paul Bako signs to be Chicago Cubs backup catcher. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A couple of old friends are helping the Cubs make final roster adjustments just more than two weeks before they open spring training in Mesa, Ariz.

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dan godinez

Schaumburg, IL

#1 Jan 30, 2009
bako instead of blanco? bako went nearly 2 years without a homer last time around with the cubs.
Portland Cub Fan

Bellevue, WA

#2 Jan 30, 2009
Bako instead of Blanco??? I really must be missing something, because I thought Henry was a good teammate and had a few timely hits for the Cubs last year. I guess the whole lefty-righty balance thing is the focus this off-season.
Shawon Dunston

Willowbrook, IL

#3 Jan 30, 2009
Cubs did not pick up Blanco's option ($3M) because they wanted to cut payroll there. And Tommy Boy has been obsessed with getting Lou left handed hitters (apparently even .217 hitting left handers).

They made a mistake giving all that money to Dempster - it set off a bunch of money-saving moves (dumping Wood, DeRosa, Marquis) that have not (imo) improved the team. Dempster is a 31 year old injury prone guy who is coming off a career year. And he gets a 4 year deal - in this market. Tommy Boy really misread the market this off-season.
Vinny Scott Baio

Lincolnshire, IL

#4 Jan 30, 2009
If only Hank White could hit left handed, he would be a Cub this year. Honestly, I would rather give the back up job to Koyie Hill than Bako. Atleast Koyie proved last year in AAA that he deserves a shot on the team.
White Lines

Elmhurst, IL

#5 Jan 30, 2009
Welcome back, Mr Bako.
Things haven't changed much.
JPC

United States

#7 Jan 30, 2009
Bako sucks. The guy couldn't hit his way out of a wet paper bag. They should have stuck with Hank White...makes no sense?
PJS

Morton Grove, IL

#8 Jan 30, 2009
This team is worse on paper than last year. Nice moves, Jim.
Cubs

Omaha, NE

#9 Jan 30, 2009
Please just go out and make a bg splash. Forget Peavy and get a big boy named Manny. He will strength the team like no one else. The top four pitchers on the Cubs are better then most teams number two. Z, Lilly and Dempster are legit number ones.
boss tweed mummert

Riverside, IL

#10 Jan 30, 2009
should put the cubs over the top!!! Play Ball!!!
Doug

Chicago, IL

#11 Jan 30, 2009
PJS wrote:
This team is worse on paper than last year. Nice moves, Jim.
Thankfully they don't play baseball on paper. Until this team is worse ON THE ACTUAL FIELD, please remain calm!
SalukiHawk

Pocatello, ID

#12 Jan 30, 2009
He's a BACKUP guys. If Soto follows up his rookie season with another great showing, there aren't going to be many ab's for the backup catcher. He has great defense. Since when were we all that concerned with how well the backup catcher hits?
CubFanBudMan

Buffalo Grove, IL

#13 Jan 30, 2009
This is what we've all been waiting for!!!

WORLD SERIES BABY! CUBS GOIN ALL THE WAY!

You gotta believe in 2009!!!!!!!!!
KenDenver

Denver, CO

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Not resigning Blanco was a bad move. Not sure why they couldn't sign him, but he was a great backup to Soto. Sorry to see him go.
Joel Hoffman

Wolcott, IN

#15 Jan 30, 2009
Another reason NOT to get excited about the 2009 Cubs. Paul Backo cannot hit slow pitch softball, let alone Major League pitching. This move significantly weakens their bench.
Andy MacPhail

Durham, NC

#16 Jan 30, 2009
I offered the Cubs some used maple bats and a bag of balls for Rich Hill
PJS

Morton Grove, IL

#17 Jan 30, 2009
Doug wrote:
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Thankfully they don't play baseball on paper. Until this team is worse ON THE ACTUAL FIELD, please remain calm!
I know, I know. You're right.
Russell Zanca

United States

#18 Jan 30, 2009
Bako sucks royally.
The biggest joke is that the Cubs traded for Aaaron Heilboy! Be prepared: you will learn a new kind of suffering with Hellman.
What are they thinking in Cubbie land!
JoeCubsJoeCubs

Buffalo Grove, IL

#19 Jan 30, 2009
Say what you will folks, but Bako is just what this team needs. He is a gamer who goes out there every day doing his very best that he can offer. He is a good catcher and he brings patience to the plate. He won't get into fights with Z-man or the other teammates.

I think some people here are just scoundrels that come here to say bad things about other people, even if they are good baseball players.
clyde

Brunswick, GA

#20 Jan 30, 2009
Well, Bako is at least cheaper as a backup. Soto beating out Blanco last year meant their starter (Soto) was making some $350,000 while the backup (Blanco) was making around $3,500,000. Wouldn't it make MORE sense if the Cubs had another catcher in their farm system to back up Soto? Whoever the backup is won't catch many games, and would definitely be cheaper than Blanco. Besides, Soto himself was a backup, so who knows WHAT the Cubs have if they're not going to take a look. Hill is done, you can stick a fork in him. Anyone that would take him is crazy. Time for Rich to go apply for a job with State Farm as an insurance agent.
Tuda Right

Winchester, KY

#21 Jan 30, 2009
Joel Hoffman wrote:
Another reason NOT to get excited about the 2009 Cubs. Paul Backo cannot hit slow pitch softball, let alone Major League pitching. This move significantly weakens their bench.
How so, genius? His batting average is a few points BETTER than Blanco's, his arm is as good, and he calls a good game. The money saved can be used to strengthen the team in other areas, like pitching. Just how does that "weaken" their bench?

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