Originally Posted by westofyou
I think it's an important task, hard to pin down that stuff, but you're selling the pitchers control to the umpire and that's important.
Nicely stated, woy.
It depends on who you're asking Doug. As the father of a 12 yr old that catches. As someone who played there. I know that we teach framing pitches now. I know that I was always taught to frame pitches. As a catcher - it's a skill you have to develop over time.
For the most part, when you get to the minor and major league level (for the most part)it's a little more about pre-pitch positioning than it is about "framing." The really good catchers at that level, you don't notice framing on very many pitches, it's just the way they catch a pitch. They've developed and perfected hand and body positioning when receiving the ball. It's truly a skill that's been developed over a lifetime.
Also, just like the player who's developed the skill, the umpires have done the same with the strike zone (seriously - I've witnessed...from the ground up...both of them...just brutal, on both ends). Anyway, sometimes even at the MLB level you'll notice an umpire give the catcher the call on a good frame of a breaking ball. It's always been that way. It hope it continues to always be that way because I think framing is important. It's tradition of the game.