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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: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:48 am
 

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

"Yes they blew it.  No way a player fakes the reaction to it hitting his foot."

He probably wasn't faking.  He probably tweaked a foot or a leg on the swing and reacted to that.  He definitely wasn't reacted to the ball hitting his foot because it didn't hit his foot.  It may have barely grazed the very tip of his shoe.  Neither ump should have taken the reaction into account.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:34 am
 

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

Where was Ron Washington, and why wasn't he asking the umps to check the ball for shoe-black?



Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:12 am
 

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

everyone should just start wearing shoe polish, regardless of the type of shoe they have. no need for thermal imaging.



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:08 am
 

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

WOW!   Imagine what we'd be reading today if the ump had called it a foul ball!



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:46 am
 

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

Botched!




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:16 am
 

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

Enough with the non-sense about the call. I think they missed it BUT if the Rangers would have scored in the seventh there would be no real complaining going on. Besides, how do you Cruz would have done anything to begin with. It always is a could've, would've, should've situation. If you remeber in the Rangers previous series against the Tigers, Victor Martinez jumped like he got hit so he got his base. Replays showed it MIGHT have grazed his uniform leg and that had a potential to cost them run(s), since there were runners on and that could've, should've (?) been a wild pitch. No one copmplained about that. This was simply a great game that had a possibly unfortunate call. Did Beltre hurt himself when he swung?



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:04 am
 

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

Unless they were superhuman, there's no way anyone could have "easily seen that". Get real.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:37 am
 

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

Yes they blew it.  No way a player fakes the reaction to it hitting his foot.  It was not a Jeter time lag to react type of reaction, it was a real time immediate reaction.  No player could think that quickly and fake it.  Both umps should have easily seen that.



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:28 am
 

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

They blew it



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:24 am
 

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

if you watch something on slo-mo and still can't tell then you certainly cannot blame the umpires.


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