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 Post subject: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 3:44 pm 
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Fantastic Q&A with Russell Martin on pitch framing here from Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/62122/qa-russell-martin-on-the-art-of-pitch-framing


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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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What a great interview. Russell Martin sounds like a Sabre spokesperson:

This season it’s been a much bigger blotch than the last five seasons, so that seems to suggest that might be you doing something.

Short sample right now, though.

Yeah, definitely.

But yeah, sure.

If you could choose between catchers who are average across the board but excellent in one area — whether it’s a really good throwing arm, good game caller, good pitch blocker, or a really good pitch framer — which do you think is the most important over the course of a year?

One thing I do know, I feel like it’d be a lot easier to teach somebody how to frame a pitch than it would be to teach them how to hit homers and drive in runs.


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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 4:15 pm 
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Bucfan wrote:
One thing I do know, I feel like it’d be a lot easier to teach somebody how to frame a pitch than it would be to teach them how to hit homers and drive in runs.


Gotta make sure we get Sanchez up here for at least a year with him. Already regarded as a great defender, would be nice if he had a year to pick up on the tiny little nuances from Martin.

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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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Watching Russell Martin for 1/4 season has reinforced what I knew, but what I should have trumpeted much more vociferously about the Pirates:

A catcher who hits like Martin is a luxury.

A catcher who defends like Martin is a necessity.

Geez, Louise, my son pitched at a high level and told me, time and again, he did not give a rat's ass that a catcher could hit, or hit HR's. Mattered not one whit to him.

Could the guy call a game, catch the ball "quietly," gun runners out? That mattered.


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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 4:33 pm 
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Sounds a tad familiar:

Martin: But my goal is not to steal strikes, it’s to keep strikes strikes. I don’t want to lose strikes. The key is trying to fight against what the ball is naturally wanting you to do.

Martin: If it’s a ball, I just catch it, throw it back. Or if it’s right down the middle, I just catch it and throw it back. When it’s a borderline pitch and I need it in a situation, I’ll try and catch and stick it, and hold it for a little extra time.

Common misperception that framing is only about converting balls to strikes. Poorly caught balls cost turn strikes into balls.

Maybe I'm not completely nuts after all.

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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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After several years of Ryan Doumit, watching Russell Martin is such a contrast.

Hey, you know what? Maybe the front office and Hurdle knew something.


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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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Bucfan wrote:
After several years of Ryan Doumit, watching Russell Martin is such a contrast.

Hey, you know what? Maybe the front office and Hurdle knew something.


Tony LaRussa has publically stated that there were only two irreplaceable players on his 2011 World Series Championship team: Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina. Molina is a wizard behind the plate.

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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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No. 9 wrote:
Molina is a wizard behind the plate.


And he has some killer neck tattoo's.

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IA Pirate wrote:
No. 9 wrote:
Molina is a wizard behind the plate.


And he has some killer neck tattoo's.

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We're just going to start calling Picture Guy :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Martin Q&A on Pitch Framing
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val wrote:
We're just going to start calling Picture Guy :lol:


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Far better than the eternal hickie on Tabata's neck. What the F was he thinking?

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Far better than the eternal hickie on Tabata's neck. What the F was he thinking?


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The Birdman thinks Tabata's tattoo is weak.
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Good book. Creepy story, but good read. When I see freaks like Birdman, I think of Bradbury's book.


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