To echo what Steel has said, we've already done that. You think you're the first person who ever paid attention to the catcher? Far from it.Originally Posted by dfs
And there's a really good litmus test for your contention that LaRue's catching skills are having a major deleterious effect on the pitching staff. The staff would pitch much better for other catchers than for LaRue and this would happen on a consistent basis. That's not the case. Reds pitchers over the past five years have sucked for everyone. Some years they're a little better for LaRue than others, other years it flip-flops. It's exactly the kind of random distribution pattern you'd expect to see if all the evils you've listed added up to nothing. I'm talking about zero effect here.
If it was a BIG thing, then we'd see a measurable effect. That's the thing about BIG things. They're obvious. They grab you by the front of your shirt and shake you. There is no such thing as a BIG thing that has no effect. That's the definition of NOTHING.