Sullivan: Pitch framing was doomed from the start

Pitch-framing numbers answered questions we didn’t know we had. A new statistical category emerged out of nowhere, and before long, the research proved its own worth. That was the birth of the revolution. Every team now wants good-receiving catchers. Every team, additionally, wants to develop more good-receiving catchers. The market is going to end up flooded with good-receiving catchers. By then we’ll no longer recognize them as good-receiving catchers. Pitch-framing is sufficiently important that baseball teams will prioritize it right into insignificance.

A terrific piece on the history of pitch framing by Jeff Sullivan.
http://www.hardballtimes.com/pitch-framing-was-doomed-from-the-start/

3 comments for “Sullivan: Pitch framing was doomed from the start

  1. TexasGusCC
    December 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    So, is this like the sequel to this piece or the prelude?
    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-bad-could-a-pitch-framer-possibly-be/

    • December 25, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      It’s talking about a guy no longer in the league and one who likely wouldn’t get the playing time he did if he was. So, I think we can eliminate sequel.

      • TexasGusCC
        December 26, 2016 at 2:16 am

        He talks about Ryan Doumit’s lack of catching skills, which was never a secret. What was a secret was why the Braves gave him that contract, but…

        I was actually impressed by the amount of runs they attributed to not getting called strikes and the videos of how catchers can lose he call by stabbing at a pitch late in the reception. Why can’t they follow the pitch better?

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