After the Joe Torre book fiasco, the Yankee brass won’t admit anything publicly, but I’m pretty sure privately they are seething in anger and that the plans to retire #6 are on hold…for a long time.
So much that the Yankees front office is contemplating adding a non-disparagement clause in future contracts of players and coaches.
This is from 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.”
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. …
“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.”
This is sad, considering how many books there are out there from former Yankees, including a new Yogi book coming out this year. Imagine just one manager who has such an impact. I haven’t seen any other books (except Jose Canseco’s and the Mitchell Report — if you want to call that a book) with revealing episodes.
Hat tip to Greg Cohen at Sliding into Home.