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Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez Refused to Stay at Trump Hotel ... 'I Had My Reasons'

10/17/2016 10:14 AM PDT
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L.A. Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez says he refused to stay at a Trump hotel in Chicago during a regular season road trip ... explaining, "I had my reasons."

The Dodgers usually use the Trump International Hotel & Tower when they come to the Windy City to play the Cubs -- but back in May, A-Gon asked the team to make arrangements for him to stay somewhere else.

Gonzalez didn't get into the specifics when asked about the hotel situation -- only explaining, "I had my reasons" ... according to JP Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Let's get serious ... it was a Donald Trump protest move ... even if he didn't say it. 

By the way, the Dodgers did NOT stay at the Trump during the first 2 games of the NLCS in Chicago this weekend ... but the team says it has nothing to do with A-Gon or politics. 

The hotel reportedly required a non-refundable deposit to hold the rooms -- and since the Dodgers didn't know if they would be making the trip until their win over the Nats on Friday, they went somewhere else instead.

L.A. Dodgers Insane NLDS Celebration ... Beer Baths And Patriotic Speedos!!

10/14/2016 6:23 AM PDT

It's safe to say there wasn't a dry spot in the Dodgers' locker room Thursday night ... as L.A. celebrated its NLDS-clinching win with a TON of beer, champagne and Josh Reddick in an American flag Speedo!!

The Dodgers scored 4 runs in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the NLDS to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 ... and the boys went all out with their post game party.

Check out the pics ... these guys definitely know how to turn up.

Next up, the red hot Cubs, so we're assuming they got it all out of their system and are ready to get back to work.

Yasiel Puig Clubbin' In Hollywood ... After Dodgers Clinch

9/26/2016 5:58 AM PDT
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#PuigLikeToParty

Hours after the Dodgers clinched the NL West in dramatic fashion, Yasiel Puig celebrated by hitting the Hollywood club scene and partying until 2 in the morning. 

TMZ Sports has footage of Puig and his party crew -- dressed in Dodgers gear -- leaving Hyde around 2:30 AM with some hot chicks.

Earlier in the day, Puig went 1-3 with an RBI in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Rockies ... a victory that was sealed by a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Puig's partied during the season in the past -- but Magic Johnson has made it clear, he doesn't care how the guys blow off steam ... as long as they win. 

Tommy Lasorda Check Out My Birthday Suit ... Dodger Jersey-Lined Blazer

9/24/2016 12:05 AM PDT
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Tommy Lasorda turned 89 years old this week, but his love for the L.A. Dodgers is as strong as ever ... 'cause the legendary HOFer just got a custom Dodger jersey-themed blazer for his birthday.

The custom blazer was designed and handmade by David Heil, CEO of David August clothing. It took over 40 HOURS to complete ... and is made of the finest material (super 170's wool/silk and navy twill).

Heil added the numbers 27 (for Lasorda's birth year, 1927) and 67 to represent the total years he's spent with the Dodgers organization.

FYI -- David August makes custom clothes for stars like Conor McGregorMichael Strahan, and Kobe Bryant. The company wouldn't say how much Lasorda's blazer cost ... but McGregor's suits run up to $10k.

Lookin' good, Tommy!

Will Ferrell Roasts Clayton Kershaw 'Supposedly On the DL'

8/12/2016 7:57 AM PDT

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got served at his own charity ping-pong event Thursday night ... courtesy of Will Ferrell.

Will hosted Clayton's Ping Pong 4 Purpose event at Dodger Stadium -- which raises money for people in need all over the world.

After jokingly warning the guests about a man vs. coyote "danger round," Ferrell decided to clown Kershaw a little bit.

"How lucky are we to have the best pitcher in baseball on the Dodgers?" Ferrell said while standing next to the injured superstar. 

"He couldn't be here tonight, but we got this guy who's supposedly on the DL!"

The tourney was fun -- with Adrian Gonzalez and Mario Lopez taking on Diplo and Joc Pederson in a 2-on-2 match.

L.A. Dodgers' J.P. Howell Wife Calls for Divorce

8/11/2016 12:36 PM PDT
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The wife of L.A. Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell is calling for a changeup -- filing divorce docs after 7 years of marriage ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Howell -- who's in the middle of a 2-year $11 million contract -- married former sports reporter/author Heather Hennessy Howell back in 2009. They were college sweethearts at USC. 

But the love story's over ... Heather filed docs in L.A. County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences. 

Seems things soured recently ... they posed for a coupley pic together just last month. 

Heather lists the date of separation as Monday, August 8th ... the same day she filed the docs. 

She's also asking for spousal support and wants to drop "Howell" from her name ASAP. 

The couple has no kids together. 

We reached out to J.P.'s agent for comment -- so far, no word back. 

Clayton Kershaw's Wife 'It's Killing Him to Sit On Sidelines'

7/28/2016 6:25 AM PDT
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No one knows Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw better than his wife, Ellen -- who tells TMZ Sports the injured pitcher is "giving it everything he has" to get back in the rotation THIS season. 

Ellen -- along with several other Dodger wives and girlfriends -- was at the Downtown Women's Center preparing food for the homeless when we asked about her husband's back injury. 

"He's doing okay," Ellen told us ... "He's giving it everything he has to make it back this season without going through any surgery."

"It's killing him to be on the sidelines."

However, Ellen says the fact the Dodgers are doing so well right now is GREAT for Clayton's recovery. 

"It's allowing him to be patient and not rush back ... because he sees the team, they're really capable."

"We're hoping it's a speedy recovery."

Yasiel Puig Finds Mini-Puig at Statue of Liberty

5/27/2016 10:54 AM PDT
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Here's Yasiel Puig starting off his Memorial Day weekend at one of the most patriotic places in the country ... the Statue of Liberty ... where he ran into one of his littlest fans! 

The Cuban-born Dodgers star was heading over to Liberty Island (he's in town to play the Mets) when he saw a kid in a Puig #66 shirt and had to stop and take a picture. 

"I come to the Statue of Liberty and find a little 66 fan thanks bro #dodgersfan #NYC."'

Cute, right? 

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! 

Yasiel Puig Chopper Plans Grounded Dodgers Heli-Disapproved

5/4/2016 11:05 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Yasiel Puig's dream of getting a helicopter to help him beat L.A. traffic isn't getting off the ground after all ... and it's all because the Dodgers didn't think it was a good idea. 

Puig's close friend and personal car customizer, Alex Vega, had previously told us Puig was dead serious about buying a chopper ... a la Kobe ... and had already drawn up plans to pimp it out.

But the Dodgers weren't as keen on the idea as Puig was ... and according to Vega, team reps strongly advised him against the purchase. 

"The Dodgers told him he couldn't have it ... It was causing so much distraction they didn't want him to get it."

We reached out to the Dodgers -- they had no comment. 

Btw, federal law prohibits Puig from flying a helicopter to Dodger Stadium anyway ... so, he'd have to land nearby and fight traffic to the park like everyone else ... which defeats the purpose. 

Cold world. 

L.A. Dodgers Stadium Bat Burglars Busted ... Caught on Video

3/22/2016 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

A fast-thinking, Columbo-esque lawyer for the L.A. Dodgers blew the lid off a major memorabilia theft ring that looted the organization for years.

Chad Gunderson, Sr. Counsel for the L.A. Dodgers, was surfing online last December for sports memorabilia when he noticed someone was hawking Dodgers items that he knew were not for sale, including a Don Mattingly game jersey, an Adrian Gonzalez game jersey and Yasiel Puig bats.

Gunderson engaged the seller, who stupidly told him he had "two very good sources at Dodger Stadium." The seller went on to say he'd been dealing with one source for 10 years and another for 20. That was enough for Gunderson to leap into action.

The lawyer got the team to set up secret cameras in the clubhouse and the equipment room.  

On December 5, 2015, the camera captured a man entering the clubhouse at 11:23 PM. He was wearing dark clothing and a mask. The man immediately turned off the automatic light switch, but the light was on long enough to capture stainless steel handcuffs on his belt.

Gunderson and crew knew they were probably dealing with a security guard. So they overrode the automatic light switch and waited.  

Sure enough, 6 days later, at 3:07 AM, 2 masked men entered the clubhouse -- one wearing a ski mask and the other a nylon stocking. The light stayed on, and the cameras captured the men pilfering baseball bats, a pair of shoes, Dodgers jackets, hats and a box of baseballs. 

The dumb guys were bold enough that they wore Dodgers security jackets and one guy even wore Dodgers batting gloves.  

Two Dodgers security guards and the eBay seller were arrested and charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. They have pled not guilty.

Yasiel Puig Sues I'm Striking Out With Insurance ... After House Flood

3/15/2016 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Yasiel Puig was underwater at his Miami mansion when his refrigerator went on the fritz, but he says his insurance company's giving him the high hard one -- refusing to pay up, according to a lawsuit. 

The Dodgers stud outfielder says last November the water supply line for his fridge decided to supply water to the rest of the house, causing extensive damage to the 6 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath crib ... in excess of $15k.

In the suit, Puig says he reported it quickly, got a claim number from Lexington Insurance Company ... and even got a partial payment. Puig's problem is his insurance has NOT fully covered him for the damage ... which he says is fully covered under his $2 million policy.

He is not specific about how much Lexington has paid, but it's clearly not enough in his book.

Dodgers' Josh Ravin Check Out My Franken-Arm ... After Broken Bone Surgery

3/14/2016 3:24 PM PDT
Breaking News

... at least it's not crooked anymore!!!

Here's L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin -- showing off his surgically repaired arm after breaking the living crap out of it in a car crash earlier this month. 

Ravin is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks after getting a plate and screws put into his non-throwing arm on March 1st. He got a nice green cast to keep things protected for the time being. 

If you're adventurous, check out the original injury pics below ... but warning, it's nasty!!!

Get well soon man. 

Dodgers Pitcher Pics of Broken Arm ... After Car Crash

3/1/2016 9:16 AM PST
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L.A. Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin SNAPPED his non-pitching arm in a car crash in Arizona on Monday -- and will require surgery ... and TMZ Sports has photos of the nasty injury. 

We spoke with Ravin who tells us ... he was behind the wheel in his car when traffic suddenly came to a stop and his first instinct was to swerve to avoid hitting the car in front of him. 

Problem is ... he went into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. 

Ravin says he believes he was only going around 20 mph at the time of the crash -- but the impact was hard enough that it snapped his left arm.  

Ravin says he was told at the scene that the person in the other vehicle is also okay ... thank goodness. 

As for Ravin's injury -- we're told he'll undergo surgery to get a plate and screws put in his arm. He's expected to miss between 6 to 8 weeks. 

It's been a rough month for Ravin -- who missed time with the flu and strep throat in February. 

Here's to a better April ... 

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