FoolOnTheHill wrote:My point is that good catchers make a pitching staff better by the way they can expand the strike zone for umps and the way they call a game and relate with the pitchers. Dan Wilson was among the best at this, and Varitek and Posada come to mind too. This is an area where Johjima has struggled as he adapts to the American game. Thiel's column this morning points this out. I don't think you can quantify or prove/disprove it with stats.
I think it's something you have to keep in mind as you evaluate the Mariners staff going into this year. Will Bedard feel comfortable pitching to Joh? My sense is that it will work out OK but I think it's a factor.
I just wanted to point out that Posada is terrible at this. He doesn't frame pitches well, doesn't block pitches low and away, and has a terrible habit of coming out of his crouch to receive pitchers. A good example of a catcher that helps his staff is pudge.