Neyer: Here’s what I learned about pitch-framing at SABR Analytics

From SABR member Rob Neyer at on March 25, 2015:

About a year ago, I was at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix and got to talking about pitch-framing with Dave Cameron. While we agreed that pitch-framing’s important and does deserve a place in any serious analysis, Dave told me FanGraphs wasn’t going to include pitch-framing in FanGraphs’ WAR for catchers (and he later wrote as much here).

Why not? Because, Dave told me, he just didn’t believe that catchers are solely responsible for the observed effects. Now, if it were me, I probably would have gone ahead and given catchers … oh, half the credit. Just to do something. But I couldn’t fault Dave for taking the Burkean approach.

Well, I was at the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix again this year, and Baseball Info Solutions’ Joe Rosales and Scott Pratt gave a fascinating presentation about pitch-framing — or to be more precise, pitches mis-called by umpires — and the responsibilities thereof. And just as Cameron theorized, it’s not just about the catcher.

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Originally published: March 25, 2015. Last Updated: March 25, 2015.