BEST catcher frame I’ve seen in baseball – Simply awesome!
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BEST catcher frame I’ve seen in baseball – Simply awesome!

September 11, 2019


The most important job of a catcher is to
present pitches well so the umpire can make good accurate calls. The best catcher frame in YOUTH BASEBALL I’ve
seen, coming up next. The specific pitch I’m going to show you
is coming up, but first I’d like to set up the scenario by showing you this at bat
during the 2018 LLWS which is what reminded me of that impressively framed pitch. Here is what happened during the MI vs GA
game. In this instance the pitch sequence was two
curve balls low followed by what was supposed to be a high fast ball, however the pitcher
missed his spot and threw a strike just above the knees almost dead center. The pitcher didn’t get the strike called,
and most wouldn’t in large part because when a catcher sets up like this he is blocking
the umpire’s view, and when the pitch misses by this much, the catcher isn’t able to
show where he caught that ball. His glove ends up in the dirt. Now, this is a great catcher and I don’t
want to imply anything negative in showing this pitch. He did an awesome job at catcher and if not
for him, his team would not have gotten as far as they did. So that is what we pretty much expect to happen
on this type of situation. Almost no umpire is going to call this a strike. But seeing that pitch reminded me of a game
I coached recently. We had seen this exact same pitch only with
a better outcome. But I only knew it was from a game over the
past two seasons. That’s about 120 games where I’d have
to find ONE SINGLE PITCH. So I asked the catcher if he remembered just
One Pitch from two years of catching, and he did, but could only narrow it down to a
seven game series. That was much more doable, and as luck would
have it, it was early during the first game I checked. Here is the pitch sequence. This is one of the better hitters on this
team and he could do some damage, so pitch sequence was critical. He starts off with a curve ball swing and
miss. Next pitch was a fastball inside, ball. 1-1 count. Next was another curve ball he fouled off
which means he’s seeing and timing that one up, so the coach calls one of my favorite
pitches in this count to a power hitter like this. High inside under the hands. It’s meant to be a strike pitch, but up
and in. It’s a swing and miss pitch when executed
correctly. You see the catcher set up for this location
but the pitcher misses as far away as he possibly can from the intended spot and throws a strike
to the low outside corner. And this is how the catcher handled that situation. To be able to read that pitch and adjust quickly
enough to beat the ball to the spot, center it in front of his chest and keep it in the
strike zone is very impressive. Thanks for watching and if your interested
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  1. You always post great stuff. The catchers pre position set up plays a part in the framing and the umpires perception .
    BTW I'm not surprised that catcher got u in the 7 games range. Most great catchers remember almost every pitch they caught. At least I did.lol

  2. Niiiccce! Love those hard working catchers. Poor batter. I can hear his coach now: "Two strikes, and its close, gotta protect, reach out, foul it, stay alive, for next pitch." Also noticed the umpires old style protector, cute. Thanks for sharing MJH.

  3. Freezes it where it is. Minimal movement. Lets the umpire see it. Yep, great framing. I loved catchers with these skills. They made my life so much easier.

  4. Catcher framed it to much you have to do small and quick he went way to big if he moved it up a little bit it would’ve been a higher chance if a strike

  5. Hate me all you want but if a catcher moves the ball into the strike zone then its obvious he thought it was a ball. The call…"BALL!"

  6. One thing that definitely helped this catcher, at least the way I'm seeing it, is how far he's dropping his glove when preparing to receive the pitch. His glove goes down from his chest to his waist before he truly reacts to the balls location. Not saying it wasn't a great play, but probably gives him a nice advantage over the first catcher shown.

  7. who are these umpires who call balls and strikes based on where the catcher catches the ball? I never looked at where the catcher caught the ball especially on an off speed pitch.

  8. You sure this one wasn’t better? https://mobile.twitter.com/railriderstt/status/1142852071416373248?s=12

  9. I like your videos but if a catcher framing a pitch gets you a call then the umpire isn't worth the the co2 he exhales. As an umpire myself, I could care less where the catcher caught the ball. I'm only concerned with 3 things on a ball that isn't hit. Whether or not it crossed the plate. If it did, where it crossed the plate in relation to the batter, and, on a 3rd strike, if the catcher caught the ball. Outside of those things, all else is irrelevant.

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