Re: Catchers: How important is "framing a pitch"?
Originally Posted by redlegz
There is more to it than just moving the glove back in to the strikezone. On an outside pitch if the catcher catches the ball and fold the glove in with the edge of the glove coming back in to the strikezone in one fluid motion, that is a pitch he might get for his pitcher (hard to explain). A former minor league catcher I talked to one time said he estimated he got 2-3 calls a game for his pitcher that way.
You are right. A good catcher can twist his glove on an outside pitch to make it look like a strike even though it was several inches outside. It doesn't always work but on occasion the umpire will get blocked from seeing an outside pitch to where he only only sees where the glove ended up and not where he caught it several inches outside. Or the umpire simply got fooled by not following the pitch to the mitt. It happens, trust me.
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." Cal Hubbard