Originally Posted by RFS62
They all "frame" the pitch to a degree, sometimes it helps get a call, sometimes not. But if you do it poorly, not smooth, "stabbing" at the ball, as VR noted, it can really hurt the call, IMO.
I always thought that about LaRue as well.
Smooth, subtle movements are the only ones that work, and you can do more harm than good if you're not adept at it.
So essentially we are talking about the umpires not doing their jobs correctly then, right? How the catcher catches the ball should have no effect on a ball or a strike, right?