• Yanks Look To Gag Players & Managers In Future

    Posted by on January 28th, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Via Wallace Matthews -

    The Yankees are considering including a “non-disparagement clause” in future player and managerial contracts in order to prevent any more tell-all books such as “The Yankee Years,” co-written by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci.

    Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Yankee official said yesterday that some members of the front office staff already are required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to protect “proprietary knowledge of our business model.” The proposed clause is intended to ensure that future books about the Yankees are “positive in tone,” and “do not breach the sanctity of our clubhouse.”

    The Yankees are said to feel betrayed by Torre’s book, which has been interpreted as critical of some players, most notably Alex Rodriguez, and inaccurate in its recounting of the October 2007 meeting in Tampa at which Torre and the club agreed to part ways after four world championships and 12 consecutive playoff appearances.

    Confidentiality agreements, some with meticulously spelled out rules and stipulated monetary penalties for their violation, are standard equipment in most contracts between celebrities and their hired staffs, as well as between corporations and their CEOs. The Mets are believed to have included similar clauses in their contracts with former manager Willie Randolph and former pitching coach Rick Peterson. Up to now, the Yankees never have included them in the contract of a player or manager.

    “Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust,” the official said. “But we never expected what we got from Joe. We may have to get a little tougher on this issue.”

    Pretty funny. The Yankees’ front office can leak whatever they want, when they want, using the “speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Yankee official said” card – or the famous “according to unnamed Yankees sources” trick – but, meanwhile, now they want to add Yankeeland to the superstates of Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia (in terms of locking down what’s said or not, etc.).

    Move over “Pinstripe Pride.” Here comes “Pinstripe Paranoia.”

    Comments on Yanks Look To Gag Players & Managers In Future

    1. Evan3457
      January 29th, 2009 | 1:27 am

      Yes, “they” can leak whatever they want.

      That’s because ownwership OWNS the team. And, amazing as this sounds, ownership can impose conditions on employees while are on the job that the government is not permitted (well, until now) to impose on citizens, including restricting free speech while on the job.

      Furthermore, if someone doesn’t want to agree to those conditions, then they’re free not to accept the job as Yankees manager, or coach.

      Now, this may not seem “nice” or “fair”, but it is both legal and constitutional.

      Ownership owns, and it can make self-restraint of a person’s free speech rights a condition for obtaining a job. The free market provides other places of employment (for now) for those who don’t want abide by that requirement.

    2. January 29th, 2009 | 8:55 am

      And, amazing as this sounds, ownership can impose conditions on employees while are on the job that the government is not permitted (well, until now) to impose on citizens, including restricting free speech while on the job.
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      Yeah, well, we can disagree about whether that should be the case.

      On the other hand, I hate all the soap opera crap Torre’s books has created. So my feelings are mixed.

      Ultimately, though, I side with Steve. The Yankees shouldn’t do this.

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