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4 Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat by Russell A. Carleton
3 Best of BP 2015: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
14 Outta Left Field: The Season's Craziest Second-Half Split by Dustin Palmateer
5 Daisy Cutter: Grandal's Ambitions by Sahadev Sharma
26 Moonshot: How Jonathan Lucroy Makes Batters Swing At Bad Pitches by Robert Arthur
2 Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: Glen Perkins Dislikes Losing Strikes by Ben Lindbergh
2 Overthinking It: May in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
13 Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far by Ben Lindbergh
4 Framing the Future by Harry Pavlidis
47 Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model by Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks
7 Transaction Analysis: The Rays Add Bell and Hanigan, Double Down on Catcher Defense by R.J. Anderson and Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 338: Giving Thanks for Your Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 337: Free Agent Spending So Far/The McCann, Molina, and Smith Signings by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
4 Transaction Analysis: Rays Bring Back Molina, Reaffirm their Belief in Framing 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
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
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
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
4 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 180: Carlos Quentin vs. Zack Greinke/Why Catcher Height Matters for Framing by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
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
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 92: Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money? by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 90: The Cheapskate Approach to Aroldis Chapman/The Phillies and Framing/Ranking Baseball Figures By Historical Importance by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 84: Jose Molina and What the Quantification of Catcher Framing Might Mean by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
25 Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver by Ben Lindbergh
8 Raising Aces: The Man in the Ironic Mask by Doug Thorburn
15 In A Pickle: Carlos Santana, and the Choice of a Generation by Jason Wojciechowski
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
Is Tony Wolters the answer to 24 years of mile-high pitching woes?
Good-framing catchers, as best as we can define them, seem to have magical powers. They can “steal” extra strikes for their pitchers, and while it might not seem like much in the moment to get an extra borderline call, it adds up. The generally accepted consensus has been that the top framers can save their team 20 runs compared to a
merely average framer. Compared to the bottom of the barrel, that swing is 40 runs. When the general public figured out how big that effect was, they rightly made a big deal about it. (When teams found out, they quietly made a big deal out of it. In fact, in ’s case, they just made more than 30 million big deals about it.) Francisco Cervelli Read the full article...
December 31, 2015 6:00 am
How Derek Norris suddenly got good at defense.
With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on December 9, 2015.
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How Derek Norris suddenly got good at defense.
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July 4, 2015 6:00 am
Yasmani Grandal had a poor reputation for working with pitchers; now he doesn't. How did he get here?
In general, when you think of catchers leading a pitching staff for a playoff team, it's not the youngsters who come to mind. Names like current managers
and Brad Ausmus come to mind. Backstops like Mike Matheny or Yadier Molina are the go-to active examples. Cubs manager Joe Maddon came to the North Side in the offseason, and along with his arrival, the team added two veteran catchers— Russell Martin and Miguel Montero —in an attempt to jump-start its ability to compete. It's worked thus far, and Maddon knows that developing a young catcher is a process, one that can be difficult for a team with playoff aspirations. David Ross
"When guys come to the big leagues as a catcher, they're so ill-prepared regarding calling a game, understanding a game, understanding a lot of stuff, because they don't do that in the minors," Maddon recently said. "You do it on a much smaller level; it's primarily a situation where you're trying to take care of physical fundamentals, as opposed to mental fundamentals. If you have a special catcher and a really good catching instructor or program in the minor leagues, that's essential. Because to me that's one of the hardest things, it's like a quarterback in the NFL, reading a defense. They talk about how it takes five years to really understand that stuff; it takes a couple years for a catcher to understand exactly what's going on. It may sound overblown, but it's true. I really think that coming into this moment, if you have somebody to really prepare you to understand what's going on here; 60 feet, six inches I know, 90 feet to the bases I know, the gun readings, everyone has seen that. But the game could not be any more different [up in the big leagues]."
February 11, 2015 6:00 am
The other benefit of catcher framing, revealed.
Of all of the recent advances in sabermetrics, catcher framing is likely the one with the greatest impact on our view of the game. Already, it has begun to affect our notions of player value, giving us a new respect for defensively-minded backstops. But even beyond that, our new knowledge of framing re-allocates a huge amount of the value we had implicitly assigned to the pitcher.
Catcher framing, and its effect on the game, are also difficult to measure rigorously. Fortunately, we are lucky enough to have
Jonathan Judge, Harry Pavlidis, and Dan Brooks on the case. Their most recent article provided a precise framework for measuring much of the value due to catcher framing. 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...
Twins pitchers pay a price for rostering poor receivers. 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...
Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs. 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).
Read the full article... 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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December 4, 2013 9:36 am
A three-way trade unites Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan as a dreamy defensive duo.
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