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2 Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies by Rob Mains
0 The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas by Eric Roseberry
1 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies by Wilson Karaman
2 Baseball Therapy: Is Defense Slump-Proof? by Russell A. Carleton
6 Tools of Ignorance: Cornered by Jeff Quinton
8 Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift by Russell A. Carleton
10 Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work by Russell A. Carleton
1 Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense by Matthew Trueblood
20 Fifth Column: The Shift: I Am Girardicus by Michael Baumann
13 Baseball Therapy: The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum by Russell A. Carleton
5 Ducks on the Pond: The Kiermaier Can by Chris Mosch
21 Baseball Therapy: Will Statcast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues? by Russell A. Carleton
0 What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014 by Daniel Rathman
12 Moonshot: On Regressing Defense by Robert Arthur
0 The Weekend Shift by Chris Mosch
1 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of June by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier by Chris Mosch
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
11 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of May by Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
6 Overthinking It: The Way in Which the A's Are Still Old-School by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
13 Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far by Ben Lindbergh
11 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April by Sam Miller
4 Framing the Future by Harry Pavlidis
47 Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model by Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks
37 Pebble Hunting: Extrapolating the Breakdown of Traditional Defense by Sam Miller
38 Baseball Therapy: The Corner-Outfield Inefficiency by Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 335: Your Questions, Our Answers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Skewed Left: Shane Victorino and the Hunt for the Elusive 9-3 Putout by Zachary Levine
2 BP Unfiltered: Carlos Gomez Hates Homers, and Other 2013 Exploits in Individual Defense by Ben Lindbergh
3 Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter by Ben Lindbergh
14 Pebble Hunting: Appreciating Andrelton Simmons by Sam Miller
21 The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers? by Max Marchi
12 Baseball Therapy: I Thought He Was Gonna Get It by Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 237: Stats That Won't Last/No-Hitters and No-Walkers/The Worst Shortstop Ever/A Pitcher Who Can Hit/The All-Bunting Team/Trading Top Prospects for Trout/Pint-Sized Power Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Baseball ProGUESTus: The Defensive Brilliance of Brendan Ryan by Ryan Divish
4 Baseball Therapy: Is There a Pinch-Fielding Penalty? by Russell A. Carleton
3 The Stats Go Marching In: Measuring Catcher Framing in the Minor Leagues by Max Marchi
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 217: Umpires, Catchers, and Home Field Advantage/Forming a Wall/The Anti-DH Movement/Lengthening Games by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan 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
12 Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem by Zachary Levine
1 BP Unfiltered: Brandon McCarthy on Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
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September 23, 2014 6:00 am
Lots of good pitching, occasional horrible pitching, and long, LONG game highlight yesterday's action.
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August 28, 2014 6:00 am
Should WAR(P) systems adjust their defensive measures? Okay. Now, which direction?
We heard the first blows in the nascent MVP debate of 2014 unfold just last week. At the time,
led all players in fWAR (by a narrow margin), largely on the basis of his extraordinary defense in left field (15 fielding runs above average, fifth highest in MLB). In response, Jeff Passan Alex Gordon wrote that the idea of Alex Gordon as the best player in baseball was absurd.
Much wailing and gnashing of teeth
ensued. To some of the doubters of sabermetrics, Gordon’s triumph on the leaderboards was yet more proof of the uselessness of WAR(P). To others, arguments against Gordon may have seemed ill-formed. The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
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July 21, 2014 6:00 am
A shift-happy Baltimore squad unveils a new approach against the Athletics' switch-hitting leadoff hitter.
At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once they got two strikes on certain pull-heavy, bunt-threat lefties. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against , and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Michael Bourn and Denard Span . Danny Espinosa The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Dissecting Josh Donaldson, and the Josh Donaldson story. How have the Rays outfielder's opponents shifted against him with the bunt in mind?
At the end of May, I introduced the idea that some teams were going from playing nearly straightaway to using a full overshift once the count went to two strikes against certain pull-heavy lefties whom they deemed threats to bunt. The idea was that teams would probably prefer to implement a full overshift earlier in the count, but were hindered by the hitter’s ability to bunt for a base hit. This was inspired by the Orioles using a two-strike overshift numerous times against , and the Pirates doing it a couple of times against both Michael Bourn and Denard Span . Danny Espinosa Read the full article... 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.
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.
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...
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June 2, 2014 6:00 am
Featuring extreme exploits at second base.
we started a thing: Trying to identify, and then appreciate, the single best defensive game any player had that month. Partly an excuse to make sweet moving pictures, mostly an attempt to put excellent short-burst defense in perspective, so that we can intuit the value of a great defensive game just as easily as we can process ’ 4-for-5 with three home runs. To do that we had to turn these defensive plays into something like numbers, and to do that we turned to Inside Edge, provider of defensive data to major-league clubs, media outlets, and elsewhere. Inside Edge rates each defensive opportunity thusly: Chris Davis The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
More brave bunters fight the good fight against the defensive shift. 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...
Bunts against the shift: up 100 percent since last season.