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06-17

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BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes
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Ben Lindbergh

04-04

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Painting the Black: Nathan Eovaldi and the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Effect
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Framing the Future
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Harry Pavlidis

03-03

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Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model
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Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and Hanigan, Double Down on Catcher Defense
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Bring Back Molina, Reaffirm their Belief in Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

09-20

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 9/20
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Ben Lindbergh

08-29

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Overthinking It: Erik Kratz, and Another Thing About Catchers That We Can't Quantify Yet
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Ben Lindbergh

08-26

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 8/23
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Ben Lindbergh

07-29

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/26
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Ben Lindbergh

07-15

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/14
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Ben Lindbergh

07-01

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/29
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Ben Lindbergh

06-24

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/23
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Ben Lindbergh

06-15

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/15
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Ben Lindbergh

06-08

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/8
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Ben Lindbergh

06-01

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/1
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Ben Lindbergh

05-25

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/25
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Ben Lindbergh

05-18

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18
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Ben Lindbergh

05-10

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10
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Ben Lindbergh

05-03

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3
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Ben Lindbergh

04-26

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26
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Ben Lindbergh

04-19

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19
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Ben Lindbergh

04-05

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Overthinking It: This Week In Catcher Framing, 4/5
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Ben Lindbergh

04-02

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BP Unfiltered: Hot Prospect Video: Austin Hedges
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Jason Cole

02-18

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Painting the Black: Martin Maldonado and Learning to Love Defense-First Catchers
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R.J. Anderson

01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Mike Piazza
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Larry Granillo

11-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 84: Jose Molina and What the Quantification of Catcher Framing Might Mean
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver
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Ben Lindbergh

09-14

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Raising Aces: The Man in the Ironic Mask
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Doug Thorburn

09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 39: Outdrawing the Astros, Wilin Rosario's Deadly Defense, and the Comeback Players of 2013
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 21: Typewriter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-09

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The Stats Go Marching In: The Hidden Helpers of the Pitching Staff
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Max Marchi

02-10

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The Stats Go Marching In: What Are the Rays Expecting from Jose Molina?
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Max Marchi

02-01

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Heartburn Hardball: All That Heaven Will Allow
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Jonathan Bernhardt

01-17

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Overthinking It: Jorge Posada, the Hall of Fame, and the Fog of WARP
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Ben Lindbergh

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
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Jonathan Bernhardt

09-24

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Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
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Mike Fast

03-30

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The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Hilbert Problems
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Keith Woolner

02-07

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Fantasy Beat: BP Scoresheet Early Draft Prep
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Rob McQuown

05-13

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Checking the Numbers: Caught Quantifying
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Eric Seidman

05-05

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Checking the Numbers: Catchers on Catching
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Eric Seidman

09-16

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Forecasting Stolen Base Success Rates
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Tim Kniker

06-14

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49

Prospectus Idol Entry: The Curious Case of Brandon Inge Battin'
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Ken Funck

04-07

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Catcher Fatigue
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Ben Lindbergh

03-13

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Prospectus Q&A: John Dewan
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David Laurila

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

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Twins pitchers pay a price for rostering poor receivers.

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The Marlins' new catcher might have an affect that goes beyond credible slash lines.

For as much as we focus on catcher defense these days, the battery dynamic remains beyond our grasp. We know pitchers and catchers work together to form a gameplan and negotiate pitch type and location, but the heavy lifting is often left in the dark. What illumination we do receive often shines from second-hand knowledge, or analysis that is prone to fundamental attribution errors. As a result, analyzing gamecalling and the like is a tough, if not impossible, pursuit from outside a team's walls.

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March 31, 2014 6:00 am

Framing the Future

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Harry Pavlidis

The best receiving catchers (and the best receiving teams) of the upcoming season.

One of the benefits of our recently released catching defense metrics is they’re essentially ready-to-project, thanks to the regression feature of the model (the "R" in RPM). RPM also gives us two ways to assign value to framing, one using context (the ball-strike count) and one using a flat value (recently adjusted* to ~.155 runs).

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The best blockers and receivers, revealed.

[T]he expected runs produced from each plate appearance starting with a strike decreases by .029 runs and increases by .040 for every ball thrown on a first pitch. In other words, having as many of those 0-0 'striballs' called strikes can greatly impact the outcome of the game.

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A three-way trade unites Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan as a dreamy defensive duo.



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The Rays re-sign their skilled receiver, and an unlikely career continues.



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The best and worst receivers of the week(s) and year, with end-of-season minor-league stats.

2013 League Leaders
Welcome back. We’re going to start things off a little differently this time. These are the top five framers of 2013, according to Max Marchi’s model, through the end of August (it takes time to run, so it’s updated monthly). Negative numbers are runs saved, and numbers inside parentheses are called pitches.

Jose Molina, -24.6 (5259)
Yadier Molina, -23.8 (7443)
Alex Avila, -22.6 (5637)
Derek Norris, -20.1 (4947)
Brian McCann, -18.5 (5473)






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Why "be quiet" might be the best advice for backstops.

Catchers’ contributions, more so than those of players at any other position, defy—or at least strongly resist—quantification. We’ve long had a handle on backstops’ ability to prevent stolen bases, block pitches in the dirt, and field batted balls. But that’s the low-hanging fruit and, unfortunately, a little less juicy than the revelations hiding on the higher branches.

We have made major strides in assessing receiving, which was almost impossible (statistically) before PITCHf/x, though some aspects of that skill remain tough to untangle. But there are still some significant unknowns. Game-calling, of course. Defensive positioning. And the nebulous, but probably important, art of “working with pitchers,” which can encompass everything from recognizing when a guy is gassed to knowing how and when to boost a batterymate’s confidence. (Confidence, of course, is another intangible quality, although if Gabe Kapler is correct, “there isn’t a factor more responsible for success.”)

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The best and worst receivers of the week (s) and season, with a cameo from Vin Scully and a closer look at Travis d'Arnaud.

Haven't done one of these in a while, but absence from framing makes the heart grow fonder. Time to play catch-up!

We'll start with Vin Scully, who just decided to return for season no. 65. If you don't follow me, you might've missed this, and we can't have that:

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The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.

We were off last week because of the All-Star break, so this edition will cover the two weeks since last time.

Framing-related link
I did a guest spot on the Blue Jays Plus podcast to talk about J.P. Arencibia's receiving skills. As you'll probably recall from his previous appearances at BP, Arencibia rated very poorly over the past two seasons, and at the beginning of this season. But in mid-June, he worked with Blue Jays roving catching instructor Sal Fasano, and since then he's rated quite well. Small sample, of course, but the statistical improvement seems to be backed up by mechanical improvements. I might write more about this soon, but for now you can hear me talk about it if you're so inclined. The moral of the story is that Sal Fasano is still the best possible person.


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The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.

We were off last week for the holiday, so this edition will cover the two weeks since last time.

2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors)

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The best and worst receivers of the week and season so far.

2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors)

The Best (min. 140 OZoneStrikes+ZoneBalls)

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