Torre Tell-All Has Yanks Mulling Gag Rule

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 1:26 PM CST
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(Newser) – Joe Torre’s new book about his tenure as Yankees manager has the franchise in such a tizzy that the front office is considering a “non-disparagement clause” in future contracts, Newsday reports. Unlike other teams, the Yankees have never insisted on confidentiality agreements with players and management. “Up to now, we have always operated our employer-employee relationships on a basis of trust,” one official said.

Now, in the wake of Torre’s tell-all, things have changed. “We never expected what we got from Joe," the official said. "We may have to get a little tougher on this issue.” A contract clause could guarantee that future memoirs are “positive in tone” and “do not breach the sanctity of our clubhouse,” which The Yankee Years apparently does.