This is all true, but in addition there has pretty clearly been a philosophical change where he worries less about stealing borderline pitches and more about making sure he catches everything. I find this fascinating because the perception is that it is an improvement but it may actually be worse for the team, but still they have decided it is the way to go (and I fully get it).The main thing to me is Sanchez got into shape this year. He looks trimmer. Played through two injuries last year. This is the Sanchez the Yanks were hoping to get.
This is the clincher tonight for Holder. He has to go down for his own good.This guy not only has options but as detailed, there are at least three guys currently more deserving in the Scranton bullpen. Come on already.
This is a good point, but it's also worth noting that the skill has always been there, just not an ability to measure it until recently.If they ever implement robot umps to call balls and strikes, it'll be interesting how framing stats will have only had a brief moment of relevance given the few years data has been available to make it meaningful. It's a data point that may eventually be the cause of its own undoing (as well as the undoing of the underlying catcher skill), in a way.
Just read a lengthy SI piece on A-Rod. He always showed up for games hours ahead of time. Torre finally ordered him not to appear in the clubhouse until an hour before the game, fearing he was wearing himself out.
That's interesting. I wonder how noisy framing stats are. I'm not questioning the potential for a link between better blocking at the expense of framing, I just wonder how it could work."The passed-balls frenzy could've made Sanchez a worse defender if blocking came at the cost of framing. Sanchez has given back as many runs in less than half a season just from framing (-7.4 runs) as the poor blocking in all of 2017 and 2018 combined (-7.4)."
Sanchez’s 2019 defense should have its own thread. I agree with EE. Blocking pitches has a big impact on games, easily seen. Sending Jeff Gray to Cincy helped because he seemed to lead the league in 58-foot pitches. Framing pitches is obviously a great asset. How do you measure it with regards to team performance? The AL average for walks this season is 260. Yanks have walked 239.That's interesting. I wonder how noisy framing stats are. I'm not questioning the potential for a link between better blocking at the expense of framing, I just wonder how it could work.
I suppose what an ump sees regarding a framed pitch could be as much about how a catcher shifts his body in anticipation of a pitch (or not) as it does his hands, but I've always made sort of a glib assumption that it was all about hands.
Still body + good hands = good framing?
Shifting body + good hands = bad framing?
Regardless, I'd rather see Sanchez block balls, even if it is overall worse for his catching. Reason being, I really think the pressure from outwardly bad catching with all the accompanying media attention about it was terrible for Sanchez's mental game and impacted him at the plate. If his framing isn't as good, well, it sucks, but at least that isn't a problem obvious to God and everyone as it happens in real time.
I want him free and easy at the plate.