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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: catchers, pitch framing, tyler flowers

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   1. bfan Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:34 AM (#5749430)
will electronic umpiring mitigate this skill to a non-factor?

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