Bill Madden has lost all credibility after this story was quickly quashed by MLB. For someone who has been a sportswriter for as long as he has, you would think he’d attempt to verify the accuracy of the story with MLB before running with it. If all it took was our local beat writers contacting MLB for comment about it, there’s no reason why Madden couldn’t have done that as well. Seems like Madden was desperate for attention and used “Ex-Astros” and “fraud” as click bait, which was more important to him than getting the facts straight.
I don’t doubt that a claim of pension fraud was filed by someone with an axe to grind (which most likely was one of the Oriole coaches that wasn’t designated for the pension plan), but that alone doesn’t make Elias culpable of committing fraud. That’s where the lazy reporting came in, because all Madden had to do was check with MLB to see if the story had merit, and he would have received the same response that our beat writers got. To me, this is a fire-able offense by Madden, or at least one that should result in some sort of discipline.
“Major League Baseball is completely comfortable with the Orioles' coaching designations for the 2020 season, which are not only consistent with the terms of the pension plan but were approved in advance by MLB and shared prior to the start of the season with representatives from the Major League Baseball Players Association," MLB said