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Friday, February 3, 2017

Non compete agreements: why do they seem to be missing? Could that have prevented the Chris Correa scandal?

Fifth consecutive post about Chris Correa, former Cardinal analyst. This one is more generic.

How the heck does an employee of one team switch to another team and not take huge amounts on info about his prior team to his new team? Correa has alleged from prison that the three Cardinals analysts who switched to the Astros accessed the secret Cardinals "Red Bird Dog" computer system after joining the Astros. Why bother? They had plenty of opportunity to capture it all before leaving. In fact, how do we know that bringing that data was not a condition of employment with the Astros, even if just implied ... with a wink?

They certainly brought valuable knowledge about the algorithms developed by the Cardinals. It's pretty clear that part of what made at least the head guy valuable to the Astros was this knowledge.

Shouldn't the league have standard policy about this? Maybe a two years wait period? The Cardinal people seem to have changed teams right away.

Dave Dombrowski became president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Tigers in 2002. August 4, 2015, Dombrowski was released by the Tigers. On August 18, 2015, Dombrowski was named the president of baseball operations of the Boston Red Sox.

14 days. Two weeks after leaving the Tigers, Dombrowski was hired by the Red Sox. What the heck? How many industries allow that?

I do not know how much time was remaining on his Detroit contract in August 2015. "Releasing" Dombrowski did not necessarily mean that the Tigers could not retain control of him as long as they paid him. He could have been relieved of effective control of the team but prevented from taking his knowledge of Tigers information and procedures to a competitor. He would have remained a Tiger employee.

But that never seemed to have occurred to the Tigers. Or to the commissioner. By that time commissionership had passed from the ever non-vigilant Allen Huber "Bud" Selig to his attack dog prosecutor: Rob Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer, who recently used secret info again to ban Chris Correa, who is serving four years in federal prison, in a scandal that peripherally touches on this issue of non compete agreements.

Part of it is that teams would rather let an employee go to another team and be relieved of paying him/her to not work for them. Which should make us all wonder: just how valuable is that top secret data that they are all gathering to gain a competitive advantage?

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