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Repost: The Yankees liked pitch framing before it was cool

View image | gettyimages.com Another repost today, but this one from November of 2013 is still timely. We will be back with new content on Monday. — Brian McCann does a lot of things well on a baseball field. He’s … Continue reading

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A look at the Yankees’ catchers using Inside Edge fielding data

Last week, Fangraphs added fielding data from Inside Edge to their site for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Inside Edge is a company that employs scouts who measure the difficulty of fielding each ball in play. For each player, we … Continue reading

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New metrics: Brian McCann’s defense alone is worth over two wins

Yesterday, Baseball Prospectus unveiled a new model for quantifying the value of catcher defense. Unlike previous framing stats, this new methodology incorporates pitch-types, count, and umpire tendencies. They also released a stat that quantifies a catcher’s ability to block pitches. According … Continue reading

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Regrets from one offseason ago

In an clear attempt to subvert the competitive balance tax, the Yankees failed to retain a multitude of key players from 2012 at season’s end. A year later, some of those decisions are perplexing considering the spending spree the club … Continue reading

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Brian Cashman’s Free Agency Performance: Catchers

Another day, another view at Brian Cashman’s track record in free agency. Today, a look into his decision-making in free agency with catchers. Unlike the past two breakdowns on starters and relievers, this post will be a bit shorter. Not … Continue reading

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The Yankees liked pitch framing before it was cool

Brian McCann does a lot of things well on a baseball field. He’s an excellent hitter who also plays the most premium defensive position in baseball, and he plays it very well. One of the traits that makes McCann such … Continue reading

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Acquisition of Wells Brings More Questions, While Leaving Current Ones Unanswered

Hal Steinbrenner opened up his checkbook for what seems like the first time in a long time, but disappointingly failed to fill any of the club’s holes. The Yankees took albatross Vernon Wells off of the Angels roster, who is … Continue reading

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The Under-Appreciated Loss of Russell Martin’s Pitch Framing

Russell Martin’s departure obviously leaves the Yankees weaker at catcher. Martin was respectable offensively and had the reputation of being a good defensive backstop. Although pitch framing metrics are still in their infancy, most reports agree that Martin excels at … Continue reading

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