Since Brett Lawrie struck umpire Bill Miller with his helmet in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night — earning the Blue Jays' third baseman a four-game suspension, which Lawrie is appealing — debate about the incident has centred mostly on the actions of Lawrie and Miller.
Lost in the discussion has been the role of Rays catcher Jose Molina, whose ability to fool umpires into expanding their strike zone has become more widely appreciated in recent years.
The veteran backup catcher, who played last season with the Jays, is regarded as baseball's master "pitch framer," which is a fancy way of saying that Molina is the best in the game at convincing umpires to call balls strikes.
Brett Lawrie framed by Jose Molina on phantom strikes?
Toronto Star | May 17