Newsday’s Neil Best reports Yankee reliever Joba Chamberlain was advised by his paymasters to pass on an invitation to do a weekly radio spot on Michael Kay’s ESPN 1050 program. But there’s nothing stopping Chamberlain from continuing his overnight gig on WBAI, right? (link taken from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory)

“It’s a policy I’ve had in place for a long time now,” Brian Cashman said before yesterday’s mist-out. “We should speak with one voice, whether it is the manager or general manager. They can speak postgame or pregame or in their normal interview process but not have a regular schedule.”

(Asked about being denied a place on Kay’s show, Chamberlain said he was not aware of any such deal. Strange. Maybe his agent worked on it without telling him.)

Cashman said the Yankees also prohibit players from writing diaries or columns for newspapers come playoff time.

“We’ve had that shut down for years now,” he said. “These guys are paid to play baseball; they’re not paid to be columnists or talk show hosts. They can do that when their playing careers are over.”

Hands up, then, all programmers looking to hire Chad Curtis.