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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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The best and worst receivers of the week and season.

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

The Best (min. 120 OZoneStrikes+ZoneBalls)

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The best and worst receivers of the week and season.

Framing-related link
As promised, Max Marchi followed up on his work on Retrosheet-based historical framing by applying the same method to the minor leagues. I was somewhat skeptical that the results would be useful, since there are a few aspects of minor league life that make receiving skills harder to assess: umpires call less consistent zones, pitchers have worse command, and because of the constant promotions and demotions, catchers are less familiar with their batterymates’ arsenals.

But Max found a fairly strong correlation between framing performance in the upper minors and the majors, so we know that by the time a catcher gets to Double-A, at least, his receiving talents are detectable. That’s a significant finding, and it’s possible that we could identify strong receivers statistically in the low minors or even at the amateur level, if we had access to reliable pitch-by-pitch data. If teams aren’t doing this analysis already, they will be before long.


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The best and worst receivers of the week and season, plus a look at swing rates on borderline pitches.

In the comments section of a post at Tom Tango's site about Max Marchi's "Retroframing" article, commenter "pm" asked:

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The best and worst of the week and season.

Framing-related links
A couple weeks ago I linked to a feature on framing I wrote for Grantland, as well as this Q&A on receiving skills with Russell Martin. I mentioned that I had another Q&A with Ryan Hanigan on the way, and now that one is up at Grantland as well. You can go here to see what Hanigan had to say on the subject.

Because the Martin and Hanigan interviews were so lengthy, only parts of them fit into the Grantland posts. I didn't want the leftovers to go to waste, so I put the tastiest portions together in this BP piece. It's meaty.


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The best and worst of the week and season, plus more on Matt Wieters and the Brewers.

Framing-related links
As promised last time, I put up several BP excerpts from interviews I conducted while working on my feature on framing for Grantland. If you missed any of them, the links are here:

Six coaches and catching instructors
Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy
Former MLB umpire Jim McKean
Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers
An American League scout
Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero







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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.


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The best and worst receivers of the week and the 2013 season so far.

No intro section this time; I should have a couple framing-related features on the way early next week, which I don't want to tease too much. Let's get right to the leaderboards and frames of the week.

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Blind framing test results and the best and worst receivers of the week and the season.

Let’s start with the results of last week’s blind framing test. (If you haven't taken it, and you want to know, go back and do it before you see spoilers.) I gave you 10 pairs of pitches, with one called strike and one ball in each pair, and asked you to tell me which was which. The catch was, I cut off the umpire calls at the end of the clips (because, well, it would've been pretty easy otherwise). These were the strikes:

1. Left, Morrow vs. Machado
2. Right, Halladay vs. Jones
3. Right, Volquez vs. Betancourt
4. Left, Pettitte vs. Molina 
5. Left, Latos vs. Navarro
6. Right, Resop vs. Gomes
7. Right, Halladay vs. McDonald
8. Left, Harrell vs. Seager
9. Left, Roth vs. Kinsler
10. Right, Anderson vs. Ortiz










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Take the blind framing test, plus the best and worst framers of the week and season.

Last July, Sam Miller administered a blind BABIP test, providing nine GIFs of batted-ball outs and nine GIFs of hits but cutting them off just before the point at which contact was made. The purpose was to test whether we could tell which would be which, based on all the visual information we had about the pitch prior to the point of contact. We failed with flying colors.

So this is a catcher framing version of that. Below you'll find 10 pairs of GIFs. One pitch on each row is a called strike, and the other is a ball, but I've cut them off before the umpire starts to signal either way. All of the pitches are from this past Wednesday, and all of them are on 0-0 counts.

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The best missed and stolen strikes of the week, and the best and worst backstops so far.

Before we get to the rankings and GIFs, a brief detour. In the comments section of Sam Miller’s article about Hector Sanchez’s poor framing in Tim Lincecum’s first start of the season, reader “jdeich” floated the possibility of a link between good receiving skills and a selective approach at the plate:

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The first installment of a season-long study of what makes Jose Molina (and others like him) sexy.

This is the start of an experiment. I hope it will be a fun experiment, and maybe even an enlightening one.

I find catcher framing fascinating. Because I find it fascinating, I write about it often. And every time I do, I get a lot of questions and comments and clicks, which reinforces my writing-about-framing behavior. Sometimes I write about bad framers, like J.P. Arencibia or Jorge Posada. But mostly I write about Jose Molina. Molina is my muse.

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Jason Cole catches up with the Padres' top prospect and shows him flashing his skills.

While in Arizona this spring, I caught up with Padres top prospect Austin Hedges to discuss the art of catching and his development as a player. The Southern California native was ranked the no. 1 prospect in the San Diego system and no. 19 in baseball by Baseball Prospectus this offseason. And in our recent look at the top glove tools, we named him the top defensive catcher in the minor leagues, citing his “tremendous footwork, a quick transfer from the glove to his throwing hand, a lightning-quick release and an arm that rated as one of the best in the minor leagues,” in addition to his excellent blocking, framing, and game-calling abilities.

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