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Infrared Cameras and the World Series

November 1, 2011

Infrared Cameras Debut in Baseball Telecast for World Series [Video]

By John Matson | October 20, 2011

With one out in the top of the ninth inning of last night’s World Series game 1, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre​ stepped to the plate. Down by one run with an elite power hitter at bat, Texas looked for a moment to have a chance of getting back into the game.

That chance was squandered when Beltre swung at the first pitch from St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte, a 96-mile-per-hour fastball, pounding the ball down into the ground. As the ball bounced toward third base, Beltre hopped around the plate, as if the ball had hit his foot and was therefore foul. Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck thought it was foul, too. The umpire thought otherwise, and as Beltre stood waiting for a foul call that never came, Cardinals third baseman Daniel Descalso threw him out at first base. Motte then induced right fielder Nelson Cruz to fly out, sealing the victory for St. Louis.

Thanks to infrared cameras Fox debuted out for the game, television viewers—but not the umpires—soon learned that Beltre was no faker. The ball really did graze his left foot [see video of the play below], as evidenced by a fleeting thermal signature from friction between the ball and the toe of his cleats.Read the full article here.

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