Catcher’s ERA

A news release I received via email from cubs.com announcing the Barrett-Bowen trade contained this tidbit:

Behind the plate, Bowen has turned in a 3.46 ERA in 26 contests with San Diego, posting a 16-10 record in those games.

It didn’t surprise me that Catcher’s ERA as a stat exists. I’m sure it is used and discussed in more esoteric baseball stat web sites. But it does surprise me that a mainstream media outlet like mlb.com would use it so prevalently in a news release.

Am I living under a rock or is Catcher’s ERA as a stat becoming mainstreamed?

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