Remember when James Franklin was supposed to be the coach in waiting then wasn't?
Lord almighty the MD decision makers for sports are awful.
BTW, Tagovailoa is awful. He looks scared, unprepared, inaccurate, and has really poor decision making skills. Good Lord, this is the guy who is the best they can find with all the transfers? Nice job there Locksley.
I am sorry but the word Fraud here is a little strong. There are rules on which coaches can be listed to be eligible for the MLB pension and there maybe a question whether or not his role this past season qualifies or not. I suspect the fact there were no minor leagues and the whole COVID situation may have changed what that role end up being probably is a factor. To me fraud would be an intention to deceive what his role was, not whether it qualifies or not. However in the world we live in today I guess it pays to use words like fraud. It makes the story more interesting.
Here's something else to consider, maybe this was part of his agreement to come over to the Orioles? Maybe Elias told him he would use him in a "hybrid" role but due to COVID, that didn't really happen this year?
Maybe Sanders was told he would be hired but not on the pension plan for this year?
I'm going to wait until all the facts come out, but this piece to me makes it sound much worse.
I mean, why bring up Sanders' race? What are they trying to insinuate by doing that? That seems unfair and it's doubtful that has anything to do with the decisions that were made.
Either way, Elias does not seem like a guy who is going to risk something serious for a coaches pension situation. I'll let this play out.
We don't know the whole story, and most folks are 'innocent until proven guilty' types and not willing to break out the torches and pitchforks without more information. I wish more were like that. Anyway, there is a bunch this article doesn't tell us, other than being an obvious hit piece. Such as
1) We don't know when this was submitted. With the Covid changes that happened, Holt may not have been in the role he was previously envisioned and, as others mentioned, there was a plan for him to be doing stuff at both the majors and minors. Maybe he role would have been such that it more justified such a pension plan has this pandemic never hit
2) As others stated also, the rest of the coaches on the staff already had MLB time either as a player or manager. It's my understanding (albeit perhaps not the most informed understanding) is that if a player gets a single game at the majors, they get insurance for life and other benefits. Perhaps all the other coaches who were not given this already had MOST of the benefits from MLB, so it made sense to let someone else have it, provided that individual was qualified under the rules
3) There has been practically NO connection between Elias and the various scandals that have taken place in the past. At most there is speculation, but no proven connection to show that Elias is a shady character or bends the rules as he sees fit. Looks like some folks simply want to believe he is tainted, and therefore will crucify him at the first opportunity, guilty or not.
Now I'm not saying he ISN'T guilty of wrong doing. I don't know. But I do know there isn't nearly enough information yet for us to already proclaim him guilty and claim he got caught doing a dumb thing. Perhaps let's wait and get a bit more facts. Silly thought, I know.
The point I'm trying to make is Elias brought in all these technologies to try and get the advantage. do we just assume Yaz just outperforms his metrics? Perhaps, I don't know. I do know he has outperformed his expected stats at the major league level so far, but the EV has been pretty good.
I agree that Yaz did nothing to show what he would go on to do. I never had him on a prospect list even though at times I kinda thought he might be able to be a 4th outfielder, but every time he would come back and just not perform.
Who knows, but so the only facts we have so far for Elias evaluating nearly ready talent outside of his organization (I'll include Yaz since he was so new to the org) are not positive for him and his process.
Say what you want about Duquette, but Nunez is the kind of waiver claim that has worked out well.