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  1. Yeah I’m fine with Chris Stewart getting the lion’s share of the catching time even though a lot of my Yankee fan compatriots are not. The pitching staff has performed above expectations the last two seasons with defensive catchers being prioritized by the organization. He was pretty shitty at throwing out runners last year but hopefully that was an aberration. The offense should still be a top 10 if not top 5 run producer in baseball even with a black hole at the catching position offensively.

    Comment by Brian S. — January 9, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

  2. Do you think the umps will react in some way if pitch-framing becomes more popular in the general media (say ESPN)?

    Comment by thistakesgumption — January 9, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

  3. With pitch framing being a relatively new identified skill set. A HOF discussion was brought up today on Greg Maddux’s great command. I was wondering if Maddux had great pitch framing catchers for him over the course career of his career. Making Maddux’s command looking even better.

    Comment by Matt — January 9, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

  4. You know who else was great at pitch framing? Russell Martin. He’s like Chris Stewart, only better.

    Comment by Frank — January 9, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  5. Russel Martin stunk last year. He is overrated defensively. Thank god that bum is gone for good.

    Comment by dp — January 9, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

  6. Even if everything you imply (but concede you can’t really prove) about the value of Stewart’s pitch-framing skills is true I really doubt it will outweigh the black hole in the lineup his presence will create. Then again Cervelli is worthless and Romine is probably ticketed for AAA so I I’m resigned to Stewart being the starter at least for the beginning of the season.

    That said, in my opinion there’a as much chance of Stewart being “better than his numbers” or “tremendously underrated” as there is of Yogi Berra making a comeback.

    Comment by roadrider — January 9, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  7. That “bum” earned more last year than you will probably make in your life.

    Comment by Daniel Tuttle — January 9, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

  8. oh….OK now that that’s settled……

    Comment by bpdelia — January 9, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  9. there is no scenario with the current group of catchers the Yankees have on the roster now in which failing to sign martin to a smaller contract than they had offered him 13 months ago is anything other than an unmitigated disaster. and. an infuriating one for people buying 13 solar beers. Maybe they acquire a starter, but otherwise? inexeplicably epic fail.

    Comment by bpdelia — January 9, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  10. Holy crap. Who would need 13 solar beers? And what IS a solar beer?!? Sounds fascinating!

    Comment by PBR — January 10, 2013 @ 12:22 am

  11. Those are some nice gifs.

    Comment by BalkingHeads — January 10, 2013 @ 1:19 am

  12. Maddux and Glavine had pitch framing umpires.

    Comment by Steve — January 10, 2013 @ 8:56 am

  13. While this is certainly true, Chris Stewart makes the minimum (or close to it) and Russell Martin makes about $9M per year.

    Martin is clearly better than Stewart, that much is obvious. But if the Yankees’ internal defensive metrics say the gap between the two is only, say 1 win, based on Stewarts’ defensive prowess (not saying it is or isn’t), then isn’t that a poor use of that $8M?

    I don’t believe the gap is that small, I am just saying that your comment doesn’t address the opportunity cost and resource allocation part of the argument. If Cashman’s bosses have given him a fixed budget and are unwilling to budge on that, he needs to maximize the wins he can get out of the money he has. If there is a “hidden” win or two he gets from Stewart for “free”, since the market hasn’t identified this skill, then perhaps he made the correct decision.

    Comment by Steve — January 10, 2013 @ 9:01 am

  14. What about the rest of us who pay $9.50 for beers at the stadium?

    Comment by BS Police — January 10, 2013 @ 9:05 am

  15. Solar beer is any beer in a clear glass bottle or green bottle. The sun/incandescent light can work its skunky magic on the hops in the beer. Think Heineken, Corona, Sol :) Plus you can use it to run your Prius.

    Comment by Steve — January 10, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

  16. But Heineken and Corona are two of the worst beers on the market, just above Bud and just below sewage. Whatever the sunlight works on the beer in the bottle must be ghastly.

    Comment by Baltar — January 10, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  17. Truly outstanding gifs. They do a great job of showing how at least one kind of pitch framing works.

    Comment by Baltar — January 10, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

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