There has been some chatter lately that the Yankees will try and insert a confidentially and/or a non-disparagement clauses in future contracts for players and managers. This, of course, is a knee-jerk reaction to the Joe Torre book.
One problem: They can’t. The collective bargaining agreement doesn’t allow it, as least as far as players are concerned. Attorneys for the MLBPA have already said they would fight it.
I’m not sure the Yankees need legalities on their side. Given that Torre went from icon to pariah in a span of a week, that should sufficiently discourage those who would betray confidences. Sam Borden and I were talking yesterday and I think there’s a real chance Torre will get heckled when he does his book tour in NYC next week.
Torre will be on Larry King tonight. It’ll be interesting to see if he apologizes. But at this point, even that won’t help him.