Via Lisa Kennelly:
In a rapidly evolving culture where anyone with internet access can share the details of their lives and anyone with a cell phone can post a picture online, the Yankees have to take precautions with the privacy of their players, particularly the younger set.
Currently, there are no regulations for Yankee players regarding blogging, MySpace, or Facebook use. But the Yankees media relations staff has included specific internet training in its players’ seminars for two years now, cautioning players about the consequences of an active online habit.
Last season rookie pitcher Tyler Clippard learned that the hard way, when his MySpace page drew thousands of hits after he made his major-league debut. Yankees media relations staff had a quiet word with him, and his page was soon set to private.
“We warn them about putting their private lives in the public arena,” GM Brian Cashman said, “because it comes back to haunt you, depending on what you put out there.”
And it’s entirely possible, said Yankees director of media relations Jason Zillo, that in the very near future blogs could be banned for Yankee players. All it takes is one bad incident.
“It’s a way to relate to your fans,” Zillo said, “but you need to be hyper sensitive to the type of information you’re putting out there and understand there can be ramifications.”
I wonder what the Yankees consider a “bad incident” to be in a case like this? And, does it just pertain to the player’s blog content, or, to that of those leaving comments on his site as well? For example, if someone leaves a link in a comment that leads to a site that’s not kid friendly, and some kid ends up there, and then his parent complains to the media, would that register as a “bad incident”? Or, would it just have to be a situation where the player posts something that is an embarrassment to him, the team, or the game?
And, what about the concept of “free speech”? Of course, the Yankees probably have some wording in their player’s contracts that cover their right to limit things like blogging, etc.
This is an interesting item developing off the news that Phil Hughes has a blog. And, one worth tracking – to see where it goes.