|Umpire Mike Reilly in Colorado|
Result: not a smaller strike zone but a wider, lower strike zone. This allows batters to golf balls into the air for more home run opportunities.
Two rules are persistently being violated:
1. The catcher must be in the catcher's box. The catcher usually has one foot outside.
2. The plate umpire should be directly behind the plate. The ump travels with the catcher.
In previous posts I described how catcher's actually stood when receiving the ball:
Catchers: squat to give signs, then stand to receive the pitch? Is that the evolution? Sunday, April 6, 2014
Here's a major article in Baseball Prospectus on framing pitches:
March 3, 2014
Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model
A New Method for Measuring Catcher Defense
by Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks
Instead of exploiting the problem, how about solving it? Some suggestions:
Imaginary strike zone can be made real: a unifying theory. Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Balloon chest protector would improve strike calling. Thursday, February 7, 2013
Catcher? We Don’t Need No Stinking Catcher! Monday, March 11, 2013