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07-08

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Notes About Baseball, 7/8
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Rocco DeMaro

07-02

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Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

06-04

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Overthinking It: May in Catcher Framing
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-19

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6

Overthinking It: The Way in Which the A's Are Still Old-School
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-07

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12

Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-20

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

08-26

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

08-07

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The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers?
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Max Marchi

07-29

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

06-13

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The Stats Go Marching In: Measuring Catcher Framing in the Minor Leagues
by
Max Marchi

06-08

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

06-01

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

06-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan
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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

05-24

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BP Unfiltered: Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero on Catcher Receiving Skills
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Ben Lindbergh

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: An AL Scout on Evaluating Catcher Receiving Skills
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-22

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BP Unfiltered: Kevin Towers on Catcher Receiving Skills
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Ben Lindbergh

05-21

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BP Unfiltered: Former MLB Umpire Jim McKean on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

05-20

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BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

05-18

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

05-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 205: Catcher Framing Questions/A Hypothetical Pitching Problem/Post-Start MRIs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-16

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The Stats Go Marching In: Catcher Framing Before PITCHf/x
by
Max Marchi

05-10

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

05-03

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

04-12

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Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/12
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Ben Lindbergh

04-05

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

03-15

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BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires
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Ben Lindbergh

07-13

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The Stats Go Marching In: Catching Up with Catcher Rankings
by
Max Marchi

02-10

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

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
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

09-24

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Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
by
Mike Fast

06-03

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24

Baseball ProGUESTus: Can Baseball Expertise Be a Bad Thing?
by
Sam Miller

02-16

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Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

05-13

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Checking the Numbers: Caught Quantifying
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Eric Seidman

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Russell Martin talks catching, and a look at outliers around the league.

Formerly the pregame/postgame radio host for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Rocco is now a freelance writer, broadcaster, and podcaster. You may remember him from Episode 31 of the Up & In podcast. Follow his tweets here.

Given the roster of talented baseball researchers and essayists here at BP, most of whom pen 1,500-word theses on this inefficiency or that, there would seem to be an opportunity for some counter-programming—something more bite-sized and consumable. A piece to balance out the menu, to diversify our portfolio.


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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:

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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:

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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. Brett Lawrie, let’s say, 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 Jose Molina, in the catcher’s box, with the catcher’s glove. The ump was a red herring, a patsy, or maybe an unwitting accomplice.

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Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs.

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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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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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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, Rickey Henderson 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.

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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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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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