"Pitch framing" was a thing I'd never heard of before last year.
But then I started reading about it, and... yeah.
It makes sense.
There is definite value in having a catcher who can "help" the ump call a strike for his pitcher.
Now, there's Javier Baez.
Everybody has noticed what a difference it makes when your infielder can actually tag a guy out.
Remember Starlin Castro?
I mean, he'd flub tags all the time.
And I'd just lump it in with his "glove" and... not really think about it.
But now that I've seen Javier Baez tag people out, I can't help but think that smart baseball people have too, and it's like... another thing.
His skill at tagging is crazy good.
So much so that his tags are highlights.
Ted Berg at usatoday.com did an article the other day on Baez' impossible tag of Gorkys Hernandez.
But read it (here), because he goes into a little bit of depth about the value of that tag.
Like this: "If runner Gorkys Hernandez gets to second base successfully, he would have had a better than 60% chance of scoring a run to put the Giants ahead."
Surely Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have already got some kind of thing in the Cubs' computer system that's measuring the skill of prospect taggers. And what the cumulative value of a guy like Javier Baez can have over the course of a season.
Because it should be a thing.
Okay... I got to listen to the Cubs whup the Brewers 7-2 on the car radio, which was fantastic.
Bob Uecker cracks me up, and it made the traffic sooo much more tolerable except for the guy in the white Toyota who appeared to be kissing his headrest.
At least we have a new Magic Number: