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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh Greer View Post
    I agree to an extent. I also think that framing pitches, specifically borderline pitches, shows the umpire that's where P&C were planning on putting the ball. If a pitcher is hitting that borderline mark consistently, blue needs to call it. I want my catchers showing that to blue when they miss it. I'm not talking about the Domingo Ayala method where you catch it in the batters box and bring it to the center of the plate (lightning fast....erytine). But sticking the pitch (maybe with a little mitt tilt to bring it in) shows blue the precision involved. And some catchers are better than others at making the border look cleaner. Soft hand framing is an art. Stealing strikes is bad umpiring.
    Don't get me wrong. I teach catchers to frame pitches too. It does work. The other thing framing does is keep the catcher from carrying the ball out of the strike zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
    I agree that receiving is priority. However, if you can show off a quick throw behind a runner at 1B - even if you don't get them out - you can often get a runner to shorten their lead-off. Lots of plays are determined by a matter of inches. Taking some inches away from the runner can be a difference-maker.
    Eric - This really echoes my sentiment.. Once a runner is at first, to me, it is a high priority to keep the 1B runner uncomfortable. Uncomfortable means small leads and less likely to steal. Granted, different base runners pose different threats, but to me a catcher that keeps high threats (quick runners that usually steal) at 1B are gold. Pitchers gotta be able to throw strikes in those tricky situations

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    Now that I am umpiring some rec games and a few B level travel games, it has affirmed by belief that a "quiet" catcher is a good friend to a pitcher. I tend to call pitches too quickly, I am working on that, but if the catcher doesn't really move from where she sets up it does help me. Of course it is possible to set up outside and the pitch runs back door and catches the inside.


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