The Diamondbacks GM on the importance of catcher receiving skills.
A former umpire and umpire supervisor weighs in on the influence catchers have over calls.
The shift is here to stay, but to be embraced, it has to be rebranded.
What the cerebral Diamondbacks starter thinks about the importance of framing pitches.
Catching instructors and coordinators comment on the importance of receiving skills.
Extending our research into framing back to 1988.
Why Jon Heyman’s questions about WAR are worth asking, and answering.
Ben and Paul talk to Corey Dawkins about Chad Billingsley’s elbow, then discuss the Mariners’ decision to start Robert Andino over Brendan Ryan and the state of Seattle’s organization.
Is the Cardinals’ catcher even better than we think?
Ben and Sam discuss the brawl between the Dodgers and Padres, then talk about Ben’s latest catcher framing research.
Sure, some catchers can’t hit. But are we learning to look on the bright side?
Ben and Sam discuss the finding that Jose Molina’s receiving was worth 50 runs and talk about what it’s implications for baseball might be.
Is Jose Molina a stealth MVP candidate? Ben looks for photographic evidence.
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about the importance of coaches, defensive stats, and how we know whether pitchers should gain or lose weight, with guest appearances by Colin Wyers and Doug Thorburn.
Ben and Sam discuss the three-year deal the Dodgers gave Brandon League and reliever salaries in general, then talk about whether Gold Glove voters and advanced defensive stats agree more often than they used to.
The Yankees pull off another exciting comeback behind Raul Ibanez, only to lose both Game One and Derek Jeter a few innings later.