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1 BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
11 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18 by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Unfiltered: Jeff Keppinger Finally Works a Walk, and a Disar Awards Update by Ben Lindbergh
6 BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/17 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
9 Overthinking It: The Mystique and Aura of the Other 29 Teams by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 204: The Yankees and Luck/How We Watch Baseball/Consuming Scouting Reports by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 203: Strikeouts and Defense/Shortest Pitching Careers/Novelty All-Star Games/World Series of Worst/Rooting Against No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 202: Bryce Harper Hits the Wall/Albert Pujols' Pain by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
12 Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Keep Rizzo by Ben Lindbergh
7 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 201: Drafting Age-25-and-Under Starters/Still No No-Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
13 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Unfiltered: The Longest Plate Appearance of the Week, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
14 Overthinking It: Where the Value of Robot Umpires Ends by Ben Lindbergh
11 Overthinking It: The Sub-Replacements by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 200: Will Leitch on Media, Fans, and Media and Fans by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 199: Pitchers Putting on Sunscreen/The Astros and Clubhouse Chemistry by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 198: Hitters with the Yips/Power vs. Contact/Starlin Castro's Future/Reinhart-Rogoff and Sabermetrics by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
14 Overthinking It: Evaluating Early-Season Experiments by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 197: Our Incredibly Premature All-Star Picks by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 196: The New Scott Kazmir/The Future of the Angels by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
10 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 195: Bad Body Language/Upgrading Bullpens/Steroids and the Children/BABIP and Bad Luck by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Overthinking It: Three Months in Marco Scutaro's BABIP by Ben Lindbergh
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 194: Outlawing Endless Games/Would Baseball Be Better Without Playoffs? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 193: AAA Teams vs. the Marlins and Astros/The Braves and Strikeouts/Pickoffs and Pitch Counts/John Farrell and the Jays/Non-Superstar HOFers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 192: Stephen Strasburg's New Injury Scare/The Underhyped Manny Machado by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 191: The Significance of the Blue Jays' Slow Start/Justin Upton and Internet Gloating by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
57 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 190: The Ike Davis Enigma/Trading Prospects Straight Up for Stanton by Ben Lindbergh and Will Woods
8 Overthinking It: Why Jose Valverde is Still Getting Saves for Detroit by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 189: Should Chad Billingsley Have Had Surgery Sooner?/Brendan Ryan, Robert Andino, and the Mariners by Ben Lindbergh and Paul Sporer
19 BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age by Ben Lindbergh
7 Overthinking It: Yadier Molina's Maybe-Amazing Powers of Defensive Positioning by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 188: The Yankees and PECOTA/Earned Run Ratio/Least Likely MVP Candidates/When to Trust 2013 Stats by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 187: More About Velocity Loss/Baseball Players and Appendectomies by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 186: Deceptive Starters/Matt Harvey's Improvement/The Blue Jays and Waiver Claims by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: Desmond Jennings Doesn't Need Your Assistance by Ben Lindbergh
4 BP Unfiltered: The Startlingly Selective Yuniesky Betancourt by Ben Lindbergh
15 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19 by Ben Lindbergh
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 185: Trading International Bonus Pool Space/Shortening the Time Between Pitches by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 184: Brett Gardner Makes an Adjustment by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 183: How to Set Up a Rotation/The DH of the Future/Batting Stanton Leadoff/Pitchers and Handwarmers/Quad-A Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 182: How Much Will Mark Appel Make?/Is Mike Scioscia's Job Safe? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 Profiles in Lack of Lineup Protection by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild 181: Giancarlo Stanton's Lineup Protection Problem by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 Overthinking It: The Year's New Pitches by Ben Lindbergh
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What the cerebral Diamondbacks starter thinks about the importance of framing pitches.
Diamondbacks starter is known as one of baseball’s most thoughtful, analytical pitchers; two years ago, he famously embraced advanced statistics and remade himself as a pitcher by perfecting a two-seamer that helped him get groundballs more often. As a result, he’s Brandon McCarthy pretty popular on the internet. I asked him to provide the pitcher’s perspective on the importance of pitch framing and receiving skills. Read the full article...
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May 20, 2013 5:00 am
Catching instructors and coordinators comment on the importance of receiving skills.
While working on a feature on catcher framing for Grantland, I spoke to many catching instructors and coordinators about what makes a good receiver, what receiving skills are worth, and to what extent they can be improved. Many of their most interesting insights didn't make it into that story, so I've collected them here.
Ben and Sam talk about the circumstances under which they'd feel comfortable recommending that a manager be fired, then discuss different beliefs about hot streaks. The best and worst framers of the week and the season, plus framing-related links.
Framing-related links of the week
It’s been an eventful week for framing on the internet. If you're here because you’re interested in catcher receiving skills, you might also want to take a look at these three articles:
Estimated historical framing: More great work by Max Marchi, who used Retrosheet pitch-by-pitch data to estimate framing performance going back to 1988. He also took a look at how receiving skills age. Next on his to-do list: estimated framing for minor leaguers, and the quantification of game-calling. Read the full article... The latest on the longest season-starting walkless streaks.
It’s appropriate that
’s first walk of 2013 was a game-winner. After 140 plate appearances without one—150 dating back to the end of last season—it would’ve been a shame if the walk we’d all been waiting for hadn’t helped the White Sox win. Jeff Keppinger Read the full article... Starling Marte makes Bobby Parnell throw 13 pitches.
Last Friday, I started a new series in which I'll be breaking down, marveling at, and ruminating on the longest plate appearance of the preceding week. This is the second installment of that series. The inaugural edition featured a 12-pitch showdown between
and Mike Moustakas that remains exactly as interesting as it was when it was published, so if you want to watch that plate appearance, Chris Sale click this link. If you’ve already seen it, or you’re interested only in the latest longest plate appearance, read on. Read the full article...
Ben and Sam answers listener questions about catcher framing, a very unusual reliever, and cautionary MRIs.
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May 16, 2013 1:09 pm
Yankee magic is universal, as it turns out.
There’s a strange thing that happens to normally rational baseball writers when discussing the Yankees. People who would normally question every assumption and demand to see some empirical proof blindly believe that the Yankees have mastered the dark art of picking up past-their-prime players and restoring some of their former success. The only evidence is anecdotal, so we know we’re being naughty and going off the reservation, sabermetrically speaking. But like Luke Skywalker, we’ve searched our feelings, and we know it to be true. And we’re only kind of kidding.
When the Yankees traded for a struggling
last July, The Great Grant Brisbee—after acknowledging the absurdity of what he was about to say— Ichiro Suzuki wrote this: The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam team up for a simulpodcast with Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs and FanGraphs Audio to discuss whether the Yankees have been lucky, the best way to watch baseball, and the value of old scouting reports.
Ben and Sam discuss listener emails about whether rising strikeout rates make defense less valuable, whether the worst teams should face off at the end of the year, and more.
Ben and Sam talk about how a player's willingness to crash into walls affects their expectations for him, then discuss whether Albert Pujols can improve if he keeps playing.
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May 13, 2013 7:35 am
The Cubs take another step toward contention by locking up their slugging first baseman for several more years.
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