MASN and the Orioles do not have a right to appeal this decision to the Court of Appeals, NY's highest court. They have to ask the Court of Appeals to grant an appeal. It's hard to see any reason why the Court of Appeals would choose to get involved at this point.
Severino has lapses in concentration and can get lazy behind the plate, but he's not a very bad defensive catcher. He was worth .4 WAR defensively and threw out 31% of base stealers when the leg avg was 26%.
Now do I think Severino is not replaceable, no. But he's a decent stop gap until Rutschamn is aready and should be that expensive even in arbitration.
No, I didn’t say he was anything. I said he should’ve had a chance and Smith wasn’t even on the team. Like I said, nobody was blocking him and there’s no reason not to give him a chance. You’ve never heard of David Williams but they gave him six at bats.
It can be a difficult call for a second base umpire. He has no angle to clearly see if the fan was reaching out over the fence. In the playoff game however, the right field umpire, Richie Garcia, had a clear view of the fan reaching out, as he was at the wall looking up, and frankly absolutely had to know that the fan interfered. Despicable. It came out some years later that Garcia had been given a slap on the wrist for owing money to illegal bookmakers. No excuse for his not being fired. Ban a player/manager for gambling, but give a warning to an umpire? Ridiculous. He ended up actually being promoted, of all things, to umpiring supervisor, only to then be finally fired under another cloud of suspicion.
I would have been shocked if MASN had won its appeal. The law is very heavily stacked to not overturn arbitration awards. The prior decision that overturned the first award was a very rare exception. MASN has one more level of appeal it can take, but it will almost certainly lose again.
My recollection is that although MASN owes the Nats $100 mm in rights fees, about $30 mm of that is offset by a reduction in the Nats’ share of MASN’s profits. (Higher rights fees —> lower profits for MASN so the Nats’ share of profits go down.)
Of course, by now we’re 4 years into the 5-year second “reset” period, and that one hasn’t even been the subject of an arbitration award yet.