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Old 09-11-2019, 12:12 PM   #1
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How important is catcher defense/game calling in PT 2.0?

I'm no expert, but it's hard to tell. I'm not seeing a big difference in CERA between a middling C and a great C on my current Diamond team, and I've seen many veteran players here infer that catcher defense is not all that important. Experiences/thoughts/hard data?

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Old 09-11-2019, 01:49 PM   #2
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tbh I think the only thing that matters is the arm rating to throw out baserunners. I've had Lavalliere for 15+ seasons (can you believe that he never won a gold glove for me?) and before that I had a silver catcher (forgot his name but he won 2 gold gloves) with C ratings below 60. I didn't notice any difference in terms of ERA. Lavalliere threw out more baserunners but that's it.
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I'd like to see some league-wide data on this as I think it's important. But that would be tough to do given that teams may have the same catcher, but will likely have totally different pitchers. Data presented on the forums seems to have mixed conclusions. None of the stats that the game tracks for catchers can really be used without some caveats.

Anyway, my approach is to go with mostly defensive catchers (80+ rating) because it makes sense to me logically. You won't find Smoky in my house.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:08 PM   #4
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Catcher ability gets you more strikeouts. If you want more Corner Painter achievements use a catcher with high catcher ability.
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My personal guess is that catcher ability is implemented by sometimes changing a ball into a strike, so it plays into control a bit (pitch framing). This is consistent with what devs have said in the past. Maybe for pitchers with exceptionally low control it makes a difference, but in general I can't tell.
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I'd like to see some league-wide data on this as I think it's important. But that would be tough to do given that teams may have the same catcher, but will likely have totally different pitchers. Data presented on the forums seems to have mixed conclusions. None of the stats that the game tracks for catchers can really be used without some caveats.

Anyway, my approach is to go with mostly defensive catchers (80+ rating) because it makes sense to me logically. You won't find Smoky in my house.
Smokey does bring in the accolades though, maybe more so than an other player.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:23 AM   #7
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Smokey does bring in the accolades though, maybe more so than an other player.
Josh Gibson is calling, would you like to take the call?

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