Pitch framing is something that has gained great popularity in today’s game.
The metrics support the vast impact gaining or losing strikes can have in OPS and run production/prevention. It’s difficult to dispute that the catchers who are thieving the most strikes are manipulating the ball – moving it through absorption and funneling back towards their center.
On TV, these moves look obvious and excessive, but when done correctly, it can be very deceiving to umpires in real time. The style in which many of these elite framers are employing is quite contrary to how catchers have been previously taught to receive pitches.
Extending to “stick” pitches is no longer the most effective method, yet this philosophy is still the predominant style taught to today’s amateur player.