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GotowarMissAgnes wrote:And the worst plaer by VORP in MLB this year....
Jose Lima KCA AL -24.2
swyck wrote:GotowarMissAgnes wrote:ocmusicjunkie wrote:I don't think you can put a catcher on that list when he has a glove like Molina.
Offense might be 50% of the game, but defense is 80% of catching.
Well, no. The game is 50% offense and 50% defense. Defense is about 80% pitching and about 20% fielding. So, that makes it 50% hitting, 40% pitching and about 10% fielding. So, Molina stinks at half the game, and has only minor contributions to make in fielding, since catchers have so few plays. There's little evidence that catchers have a huge impact on pitching, but that may be something we learn more about in the future.
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/ ... 9aim.shtml
Read the two articles Woolner cites at the top of this page. This page then summarizes his further investigation trying to understand whether ot not it is even possible to detect an impact of catchers. His final conclusion, at this point in time is:
"For now, at least, the hypothesis most consistent with the available facts appears to be that catchers do not have a significant effect on pitcher performance."
We may find out different in the future, but right now that's what we can say.
Have there been any studies or articles on the effect of a catcher on pitching? Dont they call the pitches, and determine where they should go? That sounds important to me.
I can't believe that there is no such thing as a catcher that's good at handling pitchers. I could be wrong and this may be just another baseball myth.
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