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9 Notes About Baseball, 7/8 by Rocco DeMaro
2 Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
2 Overthinking It: May in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: The Way in Which the A's Are Still Old-School by Ben Lindbergh
13 Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far by Ben Lindbergh
5 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 9/20 by Ben Lindbergh
3 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 8/23 by Ben Lindbergh
21 The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers? by Max Marchi
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/26 by Ben Lindbergh
7 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 7/14 by Ben Lindbergh
1 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/29 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/23 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/15 by Ben Lindbergh
3 The Stats Go Marching In: Measuring Catcher Framing in the Minor Leagues by Max Marchi
4 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/8 by Ben Lindbergh
6 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 6/1 by Ben Lindbergh
0 Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan by Ben Lindbergh
2 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/25 by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Unfiltered: Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero on Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: An AL Scout on Evaluating Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Unfiltered: Kevin Towers on Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
7 BP Unfiltered: Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
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
11 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/18 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
18 The Stats Go Marching In: Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x by Max Marchi
13 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/10 by Ben Lindbergh
10 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3 by Ben Lindbergh
57 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26 by Ben Lindbergh
15 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19 by Ben Lindbergh
14 Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/12 by Ben Lindbergh
27 Overthinking It: This Week In Catcher Framing, 4/5 by Ben Lindbergh
9 BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires by Ben Lindbergh
14 The Stats Go Marching In: Catching Up with Catcher Rankings by Max Marchi
14 The Stats Go Marching In: What Are the Rays Expecting from Jose Molina? by Max Marchi
28 Overthinking It: Jorge Posada, the Hall of Fame, and the Fog of WARP by Ben Lindbergh
5 Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate by Jonathan Bernhardt
71 Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation by Mike Fast
24 Baseball ProGUESTus: Can Baseball Expertise Be a Bad Thing? by Sam Miller
59 Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone by Mike Fast
24 Checking the Numbers: Caught Quantifying by Eric Seidman
Russell Martin talks catching, and a look at outliers around the league.
Formerly the pregame/postgame radio host for the , Rocco is now a freelance writer, broadcaster, and Pittsburgh Pirates podcaster. You may remember him from Episode 31 of the Up & In podcast. Follow his tweets here.
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Read the full article... The best and worst receptions, with glorious GIFs and graphs.
At the end of April, I brought back my weekly catcher framing series from 2013 in
a new, monthly form (and came back for more after May). I mentioned this then, but as a refresher, here's where you can find catcher receiving stats at Baseball Prospectus: Read the full article... Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs.
Earlier this year, I brought back my weekly catcher framing series from 2013 in
a new, monthly form. I mentioned this then, but as a refresher, here's where you can find receiving stats at Baseball Prospectus: Read the full article... At one position, the A's are still Moneyballing like it's 1999.
For the most part, pitch receiving operates on a level that’s easy to overlook. Over thousands of pitches, certain catchers establish an edge, and those edges add up in a way we can’t see without looking at a leaderboard. Every now and then, though, framing on a small scale comes to the fore, usually when it leads to a larger event.
, let’s say, Brett Lawrie strikes out looking out a pitch that appears to be outside, hurls his batting helmet at the home plate umpire, and gets ejected from the game. Our first impulse, like Lawrie’s, is to blame the umpire who blew the call. After reviewing the video, though, we realize that the real culprit was , in the catcher’s box, with the catcher’s glove. The ump was a red herring, a patsy, or maybe an unwitting accomplice. Jose Molina Read the full article...
Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs.
September 20, 2013 8:08 am
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.
, -24.6 (5259) Jose Molina
, -23.8 (7443) Yadier Molina
, -22.6 (5637) Alex Avila
, -20.1 (4947) Derek Norris
, -18.5 (5473) Brian McCann Read the full article... 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: Read the full article... A new argument in favor of reviving a long-extinct species.
On July 9, 2013, Sir James Paul McCartney performed at Boston's Fenway Park on one leg of his Out There Tour, which has seen him rocking in an
amphitheatre from 30 A.D. and coming under attack by thousands of grasshoppers. While he was at the oldest big league park, footage of him holding a baseball bat was taken, as you can see at the 0:44 mark of this video. Two things immediately appear to the attentive baseball fan: 1) the former Beatle features a Ty Cobb-like split hand grip and 2) he swings from the right side despite being a southpaw.
McCartney is not alone in the latter trait,
and the elder George Bush being notable precedents. However, throwing from the portside while swinging from starboard is not advantageous, as you forfeit the frequent platoon advantage at the plate, plus the possibility of playing three infield positions. Rickey Henderson Read the full article... 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
I did a guest spot on the Blue Jays Plus podcast to talk about 's receiving skills. As you'll probably recall from his J.P. Arencibia 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 , 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. Sal Fasano Read the full article... 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
2013 League Leaders (Out-of-zone strikes and in-zone balls, not adjusted for other factors) Read the full article... 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) Read the full article... 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) Read the full article...