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06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Scherzer's First Gem
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Chris Mosch

01-17

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-16

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Tale of the Tape: Jonathan Lucroy vs. Carlos Santana
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Alex Kantecki

01-13

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Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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State of the Position: Catchers
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Bret Sayre

09-25

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Sporer Report: Under the Radar
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Paul Sporer

09-20

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

07-13

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

05-21

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 20
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Larry Granillo

03-29

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Transaction Analysis: Extending Lucroy
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R.J. Anderson

03-28

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The BP First Take: Wednesday, March 28
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Daniel Rathman

09-24

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Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation
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Mike Fast

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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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Max crunches the numbers and comes up with the top 10 catchers of the 2012 season based on overall value both at and behind the plate.

The season has reached its midpoint, so this seems like a good time to take a look at some rankings. I debuted here at Baseball Prospectus with a series on evaluating catchers defense, so catchers are the subject of the top-10 list that follows.

The catchers will be listed with four numbers beside their names. The first three cover batting, baserunning, and defense. The fourth is the sum of the numbers pertaining to each of those areas.

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The tater trots for May 20: Strasburg's first home run, Van Slyke's first home run, and Lucroy's big day.

A lot of exciting stuff happened across the big leagues yesterday, so let's get right to the trots!

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Brewers extend their catcher, Blue Jays commit to McGowan, Chris Young on his last (very tall) legs



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