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Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:24 am
Edited on: October 20, 2011 1:38 am
 


By Matt Snyder


ST. LOUIS -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre came to the plate in the ninth inning with one out and his Rangers trailing by one. He had already gathered two hits and scored one of the two Rangers' runs to that point. Even against rock-solid-of-late Cardinals closer Jason Motte, the Rangers were certainly not buried with Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli set to follow Beltre in the order.

And then Beltre grounded out to third. And he and manager Ron Washington argued. The reason? Beltre believed he fouled the ball off his foot. Replays showed it was entirely possible. Beltre could clearly be seen saying "it hit my shoe."

Via MLB.com, here is the play -- including the thermal imaging video:



Now here is a good slow-motion of the shot, including again the imaging:



First of all, Beltre fell to the ground immediately. It's not like he saw it was a rather weak grounder and decided to play possum. He was down before that entire thought process could have taken place. Secondly, Fox evidently has some thermal imaging in their broadcast and used it to show that that ball did graze his foot. 

"(Beltre) said he did (foul it off his foot), and he has those Velcro-type shoes," Washington said after the game. "So (Beltre) asked (home plate umpire Jerry Layne) to check the ball; couldn't find anything on it. (Layne) said none of the umpires recognized it, so that's what it was about."

So did the umpires botch this? If you believe so, understand how utterly difficult it would be to see this in normal speed, with no help from slow-motion. And slow-mo doesn't even give anything definitive here. It looks like it may have hit Beltre's shoe. Thermal imaging? Maybe MLB needs to institute instant replay with thermal imaging. Then, instead of being behind the technological curve, MLB would be ahead of it.

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Comments

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

It hit his foot, which was in the batters box which is considered foul territory. Also, a ball does not have to reach third base to be considered fair or foul.



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Gipper, you really need to learn the rules. First, part of each batter's box is in fair territory. Second, until the ball touches (or is touched by) a player, passes first or third base, strikes something other than the ground or simply comes to rest, the ball isn't anything - fair or foul. A ball hitting the pitcher's mound and bounces into foul territory and stops is foul. A ball hitting in the batter's box then comes to rest inside the foul line in fair territory is fair. See Rule 2.00 Definition of terms, my friend.



Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Might want to use spell chack
Is this a put-on? Joe Buck, is that you?



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

It sure looked it, and a player won't have that fast of a reaction, it was instant, if Beltre was acting it would have been more delayed,not instentanious'



   



Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

I saw the multiple replays during the game and, honestly, I still couldn't tell. When you watch the thermal, what are you even looking at? Still, I thought the ump could have at least given Beltre the benefit of the Blues examining the ball. They could huddle around it, make a show of turning it over , then say, "Sorry, Adrian..."



Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Wow, you guys really surprize me. You right if the ball strikes anything in foul ground, its ruled foul. The umpired ruled that it didn't hit the batter, or anything else, resutling in it being a fair ball. If you don't know the rules people, don't embarrass yourself acting as if you do. Might want to use spell chack, or learn how to spell as well.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

wow, you know so little. If the ball strikes anything in foul territoy it is foul regardless of where it is feileded or stops. The batter's box is foul territory and if it strikes a batter in the batters box it is foul. When a batter fould a ball backwards and it bounces back to the pitcher it's not fair.



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Without the benefit of several angles and thermal imaging running in slow motion, and ten minutes of standing around, the human eye could not have called this correctly.  The umpire has to go by what he sees and hears.  He can't base his call on a batter stumbling out of the batter's box like Buck and McCarver can.  The ball bounced just like an ordinary "Baltimore chop".  And there was no shoe evidence on the ball.  The ball only had dirt on it.  So the umpire was wrong, but nothing can be done about it, Beltre would probably have made an out on the next pitch anyway.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

It might be important to read the rules before saying they missed a call.  Here: http://www.basebal
l-almanac.co
m/rule2.shtml  It is judged by where it crosses 1st or 3rd base, where the fielder touches it, where it comes to a stop - or if it is the outfield is is just where it lands.  A ball that starts fouls but comes fair between first and third - is a fair ball.  

So it is "obvious" that they made the correct call by the rules. 



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Did umpires botch Adrian Beltre's last at-bat?

Sure it was , but then so haven't alot of calls been wrong.Just another day in the life of Umpiring


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