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MLB Stud Gabe Kapler

Files for Divorce

Gimme My Maiden Name Back! [Update]

10/6/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1002-gabe-kapler-gettyFormer pro baseball star Gabe Kapler has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years ... and in the divorce docs he's made it clear -- he wants his maiden name back!

Kapler -- who's now an analyst on Fox Sports 1 -- filed the docs in L.A. County Superior court in an effort to end his marriage to Lisa Kapler, who he married back in 1999.

According to the docs, Gabe is serving as his own lawyer in the divorce ... and appears to have filled out the complicated docs himself ... which might explain some of the strange requests.

For example -- Gabe checked the box asking to have his former name restored ... and included the name "Jansen" ... his wife's maiden name. Oops.

Kapler also checked the box asking for spousal support ... odd, considering he earned millions of dollars over his 12 year MLB career. Again, ooops.

The couple has two minor children together. Gabe is asking for joint custody.

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7:36 AM PT -- Well, our suspicions were correct ...

We spoke to Gabe who confirms there WAS a clerical error made on the document and that he's now "looking into it."

He also tells us, "My wife and I are best friends and will care for each other beautifully through this difficult time."

Matt Kemp

Hobbles on Crutches, But

Positive Dodgers Will Win

9/30/2013 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This video of Dodgers superstar Matt Kemp -- limping around on crutches -- is gonna make you really sad ... or really pumped up for the baseball playoffs.

Talk about bittersweet ... the Dodgers are heading into the playoffs, but Kemp will be benched due to a swollen bone in his foot.

So, last night when we caught Matt gingerly making his way into a movie theater he confessed ... "I'm sad" -- but then added a prediction about the Dodgers' NLDS against the Atlanta Braves.

In Kemp's words ... "We gonna win."

And you gotta hear the alternative medicine tip Matty got -- albeit from our camera guy -- but ya never know. Miracle comeback?

Dodger Stadium

Foreclosure Looms

UNLESS ...

9/1/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Dodgers Stadium
could be renamed Beamish Waterproofing Stadium unless the team antes up more than $4 million ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ has obtained liens that have been filed against the Stadium, for services that have gone unpaid.  Here's the breakdown:

-- Raymond-Southern California, Inc. ... $2,037,689 for improvements of IDF rooms, clubhouse, press box, concessions and retail

-- Mark Beamish Waterproofing, Inc. ...  $129,014 for caulking and sealants

-- ValleyCrest Landscape Development, Inc. ...  $443,609.50 for tree location, landscaping and irrigation

-- Safe Scaffolding ... $63,808.02 for erecting and dismantling scaffolding

-- Muir-Chase Plumbing, Inc. ... $1,180,684.94 for plumbing materials and labor

Total delinquency:  $3.854,985.46 ... plus interest.

A spokesman for the Dodgers tells TMZ ... this is a big misunderstanding, "It is not uncommon to have liens while the process of verifying bills goes on," adding, "all payments are now being processed." The rep expects the liens to be removed shortly.

Here's the upside ... fans with plumbers crack would get in free.

Dodgers' Brian Wilson

Everyone Chill ...

My Beard is Here to Stay!!

8/22/2013 4:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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And now, a statement from Brian Wilson's million-dollar beard: "I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH MONEY'S ON THE TABLE ... NOBODY'S CUTTING ME!"

Thank you, Beard.

Despite a flurry of reports the Dodgers pitcher was in negotiations to shave his famous facial hair for a six-figure payday ... Wilson's reps tell TMZ, the Beard was never in jeopardy.

The crew over at MVP Sports Group tells us they never took the razor company's offer seriously because Brian refuses to even trim his trademark, and, in fact ... he's told them the beard is "going with him to the grave."

So, keep calm Blue Crew -- the Beard abides.

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Magic Johnson

Dodgers Get Party Pass

Even If They Sucked Last Night

8/20/2013 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It doesn't matter if they played like crap last night (and lost to the sorry ass Marlins), the Dodgers can GO CLUBBIN' all they want, as long as they stay in first place ... so says Magic Johnson.

The Dodgers played like crap last night -- with Yasiel Puig (0-for-5) and Carl Crawford (1-for-4) looking especially bad ... no surprise considering they hit the Miami nightclubs HARD just hours before the game.

But Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson doesn't seem to mind an off night every now and then ... as long as the team keeps destroying the majority of their opponents.

"We just gotta come back and win tomorrow," Johnson said ... "They're grown men. They can hang out. They can party. I mean ... they're grown."

He added, "We're having a great season ... so, one game is not gonna hurt us."

Johnson said there will absolutely be NO disciplinary action taken against the players -- who dropped more than $20k at LIV nightclub early Monday morning while partying with LeBron James.

An official high up in the Dodgers organization tells TMZ ... "They party all the time. It's no big deal."

FYI -- Johnson was known to do his fair share of partying back in the day ... and he played just fine. He's even got the rings to prove it.

L.A. Dodgers Stars

NIGHTCLUBBIN' with LeBron

After Team Finally Loses

8/19/2013 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Didn't take long for the L.A. Dodgers to shake off the sting of defeat after finally losing a game in Philly yesterday ... 'cause hours later, the biggest stars on the team flew into Miami AND WENT CLUBBIN' with LeBron James, TMZ has learned.

Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford all rolled into LIV Nightclub in Miami around 1AM Monday morning ... where they were greeted by LBJ ... and proceeded to party their faces off.

Sources inside the club tell TMZ ... the 4-some dropped more than $20,000 on Ciroc, Moet, Patron, Belvedere, and fancy champagne.

FYI -- The Dodgers (which had won 10 games in a row before losing to the Phillies) are in Miami to play the Marlins.

We're told Kemp was partying particularly hard ... but it's not like he's gotta work today anyway (injury) so, good for him.

It's good to be a pro athlete.

BTW -- We're on the hunt for photos ...

Brian Wilson

'F**king Excited'

To Play for the L.A. Dodgers

7/31/2013 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Pro fireballer Brian Wilson says it's "f**king exciting" to bring his talents -- and his tremendous facial hair -- to L.A., telling TMZ he's pumped to play for the Dodgers.

A mohawked Wilson was leaving Equinox gym in L.A. yesterday -- right after signing a 1-year, $1 million deal with the Dodgers -- and expressed his excitement as only Brian Wilson can.

"Well, I'm a pretty big America fan ... red, white and Dodger blue, I guess."

The 31-year-old ex-San Francisco Giants pitcher says he's grateful to get another shot in the bigs after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April ... but insists he harbors no ill will toward his former team.

"I got much love for San Francisco. We had a good time. But there's nothing I can do ... they don't want me back."

When asked about the storied rivalry between the squads, Wilson explained, "I don't worry about rivalry, bro ... I just play baseball, you know."

Welcome to L.A..

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Yasiel Puig

Fends Off Bad Spanish for

Taste of Cuba

7/30/2013 7:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig went back to Cuba last night -- or as close as he's gonna get to it in Hollywood ... and a TMZ camera guy was there to roll out the bad Spanglish welcome mat.

Puig hit up El Floridita restaurant in Hollywood last night for some of L.A.'s most authentic Cuban food and music -- and on the way out our guy hit him up about ... "los playoffs."

Gotta give our guy credit ... Puig's English ain't so good yet, so we gave it the old high school Spanish try. Shout out to Google Translate too.

By the way, Puig is cruising in his white Rolls-Royce ... definitely NOT an authentic Cuban ride.

Chris Brown

Prison Schmizon

LET'S PARTY!!!

7/16/2013 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Chris Brown didn't let the threat of 4 years in the big house get in the way of a big night out in Hollywood Monday ... because Chris partied like a rap star at the Playboy Mansion.

Brown -- whose probation was revoked Monday afternoon in the Rihanna beating case -- mugs with 2 cute chicks at a charity event to celebrate the MLB All-Star game.  

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Chris hung with Snoop Lion and L.A. Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig (fast becoming a Hollywood party animal).

Playboy Mansion with the homies ... every guy's cure-all.

Yasiel Puig

I Got a Rolls & a Hot Chick!!

Who Needs the All-Star Game?

7/15/2013 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Yasiel Puig may have been snubbed for baseball's All-Star Game -- but he was in All-Star mode at an L.A. club in his totally PIMP white Rolls-Royce!

Last night -- when the Los Angeles Dodgers phenomenon should've been on his way to NYC for the All-Star Game -- we spotted him leaving Greystone Manor ... flanked by security guards, and, of course, a beautiful woman.

Check the video ... we threw Puig a few bilingual curveballs -- about baseball, his lady friend, his ride and Castro.

By the way, this time last year ... Puig had just defected from Cuba to Mexico.

That 7-year, $42 million deal looks good ... for YP and the Dodgers.

Puiiiiiiig!!!!

Justin Miller

Former Dodgers Pitcher

Found Dead

6/29/2013 12:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former MLB Pitcher Justin Miller has been found dead  ...  and cause of death is a mystery.

The 35-year-old's body was discovered Wednesday night in Palm Harbor, FL -- where he was living -- but authorities have not said exactly where.  

Miller played in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons -- most recently for the L.A. Dodgers back in 2010. He also played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and SF Giants.

He was best known for the large number of tattoos on his arms, which inspired the "Justin Miller Rule" in 2004 -- forcing him to wear long sleeves when he pitched, since players found his ink too distracting.

He's survived by his wife Jessica Miller and two sons.  Jessica isn't giving any indication as to how he died, but does say it was sudden.

RIP.

Matt Kemp

Drops $30k / Month to Live

Like Toni Braxton's Sis

6/22/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Kemp
may be on the disabled list ... but his wallet sure isn't.  The L.A. Dodger is forking over $30,000 A MONTH to live in Tamar Braxton's old mansion, TMZ has learned.

We broke the story, Tamar and her hubby -- bigwig record producer Vincent Herbert -- sold their Hidden Hills, CA home for $6.9 million earlier this year ... scoring a $3.5 million profit.

Now we've learned Matt signed a one-year lease for the 11,700-square-foot digs from the new owner -- real estate mogul Carlton Gebbia from "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

As for Matt's temporary crib ... it has 5 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, home theater, espresso center, a mirrored elevator, massive pool and spa.

FYI -- Matt already owns a $2 million casa in Arizona.

Jackie Robinson Movie

Teammate Claims Film

BOTCHED Famous Moment

5/4/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's an iconic photograph ... Jackie Robinson shaking hands with George Shuba -- the first time a white player and a black player did so in pro ball -- but the producers of "42" screwed it up in the new flick ... so says the man in the photo.

88-year-old George "Shotgun" Shuba -- who played ball with Robinson back in the 40s (above) -- tells TMZ he's disappointed producers chose to re-write history and CUT him from the famous scene.

George tells us, "I just wish they would have portrayed it correctly -- April 18, 1946 -- when I shook hands with Jackie as he crossed home plate in his first home run ever."

FYI: The scene in "42" randomly shows Jackie shaking hands with TWO white men at home plate instead, none of whom are George.

George's son was equally upset, "The producers should have done their research. Jackie was scared none of his teammates would shake his hands in public. That was a very historic moment that they eliminated."

Despite the snub, the Shubas aren't looking for an apology ... they simply want to set the record straight for younger generations, who may not know the real story.

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