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Monday, October 01, 2018

Mauer Stars In What Could Be Perfect Ending

Nice moment in Minnesota, with Mauer donning the tools of ignorance for a final time. According to the article, Mauer has not made a decision about retirement.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 01, 2018 at 04:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, joe mauer, twins

Friday, September 21, 2018

How Pitch-Framing Became More Important—and More Common—Than Ever - The Ringer

Amid this heightened focus on framing, the league-wide strike rate on taken pitches is no higher in 2018 than it was at the dawn of the PITCHf/x era in 2008, but pitches were thrown in the strike zone at a higher rate back then than they are today. On pitches taken inside the rulebook strike zone, the called-strike rate has climbed from 74.7 percent in 2008 to 87.3 percent this season. That’s partly—or maybe even largely—a product of umpires getting graded on their accuracy and hewing closer to the strike zone’s rule-book-dictated dimensions; it’s difficult to determine how much of the shrinking variation among catchers can be traced to the shrinking variation among umps. But a better caliber of catcher should mean more called strikes, and more called strikes should (among many other factors) contribute to more strikeouts, which we’re seeing year after year.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2018 at 05:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, pitch framing, tyler flowers

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Can’t Catch a Break: Hall of Fame Catchers | The Hardball Times

Assessing catcher defense is still, ah, problematic. Historically it’s a mess.

Simmons should be in. Munson’s supporters have been making a solid case. I got to see a lot of him in his prime and, at the time, I thought he was comparable to Fisk. I’m still on the border with him, but I’m leaning more toward a yes. The rest of the guys are short for me.

Your thoughts?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 107 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, hall of fame

Thursday, May 03, 2018

This wasn’t a catcher’s balk in Royals’ game, but it was a rarity in baseball history

The play didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the Royals’ wild 7-6 win at Boston on Tuesday, but this was one of the rarest plays you’ll see in a game.

The Royals had runners on first and second with two outs and Lucas Duda at the plate. Boston catcher Christian Vazquez blocked a pitch from Carson Smith, and the ball was on the ground next to him. Vazquez used his catcher’s mask to secure the ball, and that’s not allowed.

Zach Posted: May 03, 2018 at 11:58 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: catchers, rare plays, red sox, royals

 

 

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