Major League Baseball officials have asked Internet sites to remove racy photographs of Indians center fielder Grady Sizemore.
Sizemore, a former Everett high school star, said the photos – one of them showing him nearly nude – were stolen from his girlfriend’s e-mail account and posted online. He contacted baseball officials to stop the spread of the photos, which began appearing Sunday on various Web sites.
It is not known how many sites are complying with MLB’s request. At least one site, Deadspin.com, is refusing to take the photos down.
“There’s no reason to,” editor A.J. Daulerio said Monday. “They were up other places already.”
Daulerio said the photos originated on a community message board and were forwarded to his site, which is also displaying a letter from an MLB official requesting the photos be removed.
Jeter SI sportsman of year
Derek Jeter was back at Yankee Stadium a couple of weeks after winning his fifth World Series title, capping a stellar season with a photo shoot for his latest achievement: Sports Illustrated’s sportsman of the year.
The magazine made the announcement Monday.
“It’s unbelievable. It was completely unexpected. It came out of the blue,” Jeter said during a break in the photo shoot. “When I heard it, what can you say? It’s one of the greatest honors you can achieve in sports.”
The 35-year-old Jeter is the first Bronx Bomber to be tapped for the award that has been given out since 1954. Swimmer Michael Phelps was last year’s recipient.
Teahen wins Hutch Award
Mark Teahen of the Chicago White Sox has won the 2009 Hutch Award for his efforts on and off the field.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle made the announcement Monday. The award goes to a player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of former major league pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964 at age 45.
Teahen was traded this month from the Kansas City Royals to Chicago.
The Los Angeles Angels voted to give a full postseason share to the estate of Nick Adenhart, the rookie pitcher killed in April in a car accident allegedly caused by a drunken driver. The Angels’ shares were worth $138,039. … The average baseball salary fell just short of $3 million this year, with the percentage increase slowing to its lowest level since 2004. … Chip Caray has called his final baseball game for TBS, which confirmed the network and the announcer have parted ways. A son of late Braves broadcaster Skip Caray and a grandson of famed broadcaster Harry Caray, Chip Caray had called first-round playoff games for TBS during the past three seasons. … Alex Cora is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract with a vesting option for 2011. The 34-year-old backup infielder played 82 games this year, batting .251 with one home run and 18 RBI.