aj_ellis_catching_2013-04-09

A.J. Ellis on Framing, Batting Order, and ‘Between Two Palm Trees’

aj_ellis_catching_2013-04-09If we can take a brief moment from our regularly scheduled discussion of whether or not Yasiel Puig is the worst person in the world and if he’ll merely cost the Dodgers the playoffs or cause the entire franchise to fold, I wrote a thing over at FanGraphs on A.J. Ellis and pitch framing based on a conversation we had last weekend in Arizona.

It starts out with this fantastic quote…

“I don’t like it, because it hates me.”

…but turns into Ellis acknowledging that he not only knows that the stats don’t like him, but that he knows exactly where they don’t like him, and the numbers do show that he’s been steadily improving based on that information over the last few years.

So read that! Because it was fun. But also, other things that didn’t quite make it into that article, some of which were things fans had asked me about:

Did he find that pitchers approached him differently in 2013 because he’d had success in 2012?

“There was definitely a scouting report, I think there was a lot of unknown about me my first full year, so now the scouting report’s out there, and guys were much more aggressive. I also think in that first year, I was hitting a lot in the eight hole, with the pitcher behind me, so they were willing to pitch around me, so I was a little more patient, because my goal was to turn the lineup over, or to get on base so they could bunt me over, where last year I was hitting more 5-6-7, so I had to be more aggressive.”

Did he notice all of us calling for Don Mattingly to hit him higher in the lineup in 2012?

“I did, there was a couple of times Donnie hit me second, I think 10 times in my career, and it was fun. I think I’ve hit everywhere except first, third, and fourth. [Editor’s note: this is true!] But yeah, I got a kick out of that, that was great. I’d love to get on there and clog the bases for everyone else.”

I also asked what is without a doubt the question the most people wanted to know – When is “Between Two Palm Trees” going to be on SNLA? — which I think he got a kick out of, and while it sounds like he has interest in doing another, his answer was perfectly valid: Between the short spring due to the Australia trip, and the fact that he’s a starting catcher, his time is somewhat limited. However, don’t totally shut the door on another episode sometime this year.

 


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


854 comments
BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So was reading a piece on Cuban's latest NFL predictions, and this caught my attention:

"David Biderman of The Wall Street Journal once calculated the average 174-minute NFL game broadcast contains just 11 minutes of action."

Some ammunition if any of you ever find yourselves debating the pace of baseball with a rabid NFL fan.


Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I hate that San Diego Comic Con is no longer about comics.#morecontroversialthanpuig #nerdrage

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

I hate hybrid cars and the people who drive them as much as SUVs and their drivers. #morecontroversialthanpuig

Haikairu
Haikairu

Gay marriage? #lesscontroversialthanpuig

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So are we discussing anything controversial today?  I haven't yet annoyed Drank and Brim this morning, but I stand ready if I'm needed.  ;)

Haikairu
Haikairu

Apparently I'm most likely to find love in Massachusetts. Brim, I think you know what this means.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

its seems like a lovely morning to NOT talk about puig and mattingly. lets do it people!

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@P_F_P  in this situation i like to email them and ask them if there is anything more you can provide to help their decision.

Lobo
Lobo

@P_F_P  Give them til the end of the day.  Call them tomorrow

Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)
Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)

@TellMyWifeISaidHello  So far, I'm withholding judgement. There's been a lot of affirmative statements made the show which are either incorrect or misleading. While I like Dr. Tyson overall, he has a tendency to whitewash over things which are not really conclusively true. 

Haikairu
Haikairu

@BlueMarvin  Nothing as controversial as Puig. How do you feel about abortion? 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Does Mark Ellis live here?

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler moderator

My post (up in a bit) has nothing to do with either of them.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

@NoHitWin2008  blah, harper has been hurt.   I hate overrated underrated shit almost as much as I hate harper.    But give harper another helthy year and I bet he impresses.  Just like Puig is going to rule the game