Unlike the previous offseason, this one will be greatly influenced by the looming specter of the coronavirus pandemic, in terms of both its impact on this almost-completed season and the uncertainty it casts on the 2021 campaign. Still, as Elias looks to build the Orioles into a consistent competitor in the American League East, the next few months, as any offseason, will feature vital decisions.
Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias is reportedly under investigation for pension fraud. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reported Elias is being investigated for allegedly designating pitching instructor Chris Holt as one of four Orioles coaches to be placed on the pension plan despite him not being with the major league club.
But the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Division said MASN and the Orioles failed to establish that the arbitration panel, which was comprised of three MLB club owners, was less than impartial. Moreover, we reject petitioner’s arguments that the (panel) otherwise violated its obligations, exceeded its powers or denied petitioner a fair hearing,” the one-page decision said.