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Bob Costas Don't Give Up on the Dodgers Here's Why ...

9/21/2017 9:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

They've lost 15 of their last 20 -- but the L.A. Dodgers should still be considered one of the FAVORITES when the playoffs roll around ... so says Bob Costas.

The legendary broadcaster was at LAX when we brought up the most depressing topic in Los Angeles ... how the once mighty Dodgers have fallen in a big way.

But Costas says despite the losing skid ... the Dodgers are still REAL contenders -- and he explains why in that signature Costas style.

Ex-Dodgers GM Ned Colletti Don't Worry Fans, Everything Is Alright (Yeah Right, Dude)

9/14/2017 10:20 AM PDT
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Good news Dodger fans ... the team's epic collapse ain't NOTHING to fret about -- so says ex-GM Ned Colletti, who assured TMZ Sports that everything was A-OK when we got him out in Beverly Hills. 

Okay, so here's the thing -- the Dodgers are in the middle of an EPIC slump, losing 16 out of their last 19, and seeing a 20 game NL West lead shrink down to 9. 

They've won their last 2 though, and we guess that's enough for Colletti to pop some champagne ... 'cause when we found him in the 90210 he told us, and all the fans, to just CHILL.

Whatever you say, Ned.

Johnny Bench Pete Rose Ain't Making Hall of Fame ... Period

8/12/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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Pete Rose can uncross his fingers and stop holding his breath -- he ain't ever going to Cooperstown, so says his former teammate Johnny Bench

The Cincinnati Reds legend -- who played with Rose for 12 seasons -- says "Charlie Hustle" broke the rules by betting on baseball back in the day and will have to live with the consequences. 

Bench says he wishes Rose would make the Hall ... but he knows it ain't ever gonna happen, despite Pete having the most hits in the history of the sport. 

Bench also talks about the L.A. Dodgers -- and says he absolutely loves this year's team. He does point out the squad's history of blowing it in the playoffs ... but explains why this team can break the trend. 

But could the '17 Dodgers beat the Big Red Machine? Check out Bench's answer. 

Magic Johnson Dodgers Will Win World Series 'This Is Our Year'

7/28/2017 7:33 AM PDT
Breaking News

Magic Johnson ain't mincing his words -- guaranteeing his L.A. Dodgers are going ALL THE WAY this year and winning the World Series. 

Magic grabbed the mic at Clayton Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 Purpose charity event at Dodger Stadium -- and told everyone straight-up, "The Dodgers are going to win the World Series this year."

"This is our year."

He then turned to the injured Kershaw and said, "Get healthy, lead us."

No pressure, bro. 

Could be a big year for Johnson -- since LaVar Ball has also guaranteed a deep playoff run for Magic's Lakers. 

L.A. Dodgers Organist Honors Chester Bennington ... Linkin Park Tribute

7/21/2017 6:40 AM PDT
Breaking News

Even the guy who plays "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Dodgers Stadium was affected by the death of Chester Bennington ... and honored the Linkin Park singer with a musical tribute on the stadium organ.

Just before the Dodgers took the field against the Braves, team organist Dieter Ruehle played his own version of "Numb" over the loudspeakers.

That's not all ... during the game Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy used LP's "Figure.09" as his walkout music when he took the field.

While Chester was from Arizona, the band was especially big in L.A. -- where the founding members are from. 

Cody Bellinger Boats & Brews For Birthday ... With Dodgers Teammates

7/14/2017 10:29 AM PDT
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How does one of the biggest young superstars in baseball celebrate his birthday?? Boat party turnup in Miami with his teammates, of course!!

Cody Bellinger and his fellow Dodgers friends hit the deck for his 22nd birthday Thursday ... taking advantage of their extra time in South Beach following the All-Star break to down some brews on the water.

Justin Turner appeared to throw the shindig for Belly ... with Alex Wood, Corey Seager and all their significant others joining in on the fun.

The highlight of the party -- the baseball bros actually had Jeremih's "Birthday Sex" song playing in the background as Bellinger blew out his birthday candles.

"... Girl, you know I-I-I!!!!!"

Dodgers vs. Angels Bloody Chaotic Brawl In Stands ... During Freeway Series Opener

6/28/2017 3:36 PM PDT
Breaking News

An all-out chaotic brawl broke out between opposing fans at the Dodgers vs. Angels game Monday night ... leaving one fan with a bloody face.

It all went down in the pavilion section of Dodger Stadium when 2 fans started barking at each other ... but things quickly turned physical when they dragged each other to the ground and started throwing punches.

Other fans joined in by throwing haymakers and beers ... while a mother and her crying daughter try to separate themselves from the altercation just a few feet away.

Stadium security and off-duty cops broke up the fight  ... but surprisingly, no arrests were made and the aggressors left the game on their own. A police report was not made for the incident.

The Angels won the game 4-0.

Cody Bellinger Could Win MVP As a Rookie ... Says Ex-World Series Champ

6/21/2017 11:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Forget Rookie of the Year -- Cody Bellinger already has MVP chops ... so says L.A. Dodgers analyst/former Dodger Jerry Hairston.

"He is a legit MVP candidate," Hairston told TMZ Sports before Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium ... a 12-0 L.A. blowout that saw Bellinger slug home run #22 (his 10th in 10 games!).

Hairston knows what he's talking about -- he played in the bigs from '98 to '13 and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

As for Bellinger ... he's on the most torrid HR pace for a rookie EVER ... pretty insane considering the kid started the season in the minors.

Hairston -- a third-gen MLBer -- told us he's "never seen a start to a career like this."

Even Cody's dad, a three-time World Series champ, can't believe what he's seeing.

Cody Bellinger's Dad Damn Right I'm Proud!

6/17/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Cody Bellinger is having such an insane rookie year with the Dodgers, his own father can barely believe the numbers ... but tells TMZ Sports, "It's really fun to watch."

We spoke with ex-MLB player Clay Bellinger -- who won 3 World Series during his pro baseball run -- and he tells us he's incredibly proud of his boy. 

FYI, Cody has already blasted 18 home runs -- more than anyone else in the league since he was called up on April 25th. He's currently tied for 5th overall in HRs. 

Ya gotta hear Clay gush about Cody's meteoric rise. It's awesome. Plus, Clay reveals the Dodgers legend who's really gone out of his way to help the kid. 

L.A. Dodgers Burglars Punished For Masked Stadium Theft

6/1/2017 2:57 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The two L.A. Dodgers security guards who donned masks and stole a ton of gear from the team clubhouse have finally been punished ... and are officially banned from the memorabilia biz. 

We broke the story ... Fernando Sierra and Juan Dedios Prada were caught on video in 2015 sneaking around Dodgers Stadium (in masks) in an effort to steal game-used bats, gloves, etc.

Officials believe the guys had been doing it for a while -- and made serious profits moving the stolen loot with the help of a 3rd man who sold it on eBay. 

Now, we've learned the 2 security guards (who have since been fired) cut a deal in which they pled no contest to burglary and got 3 years formal probation. 

As part of the deal, they are not allowed to sell any kind of sports memorabilia. 

The stakes are high because they also got a 16 month suspended prison sentence -- meaning if they screw up, they go to the slammer.

The eBay seller pled no contest to receiving stolen property. He got hit with the same punishment. 

Tommy Lasorda Recovering After Heart Surgery

5/26/2017 11:28 AM PDT
Breaking News

Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda is "doing well" after after undergoing heart surgery Thursday to replace his pacemaker ... and is expected to return to Dodgers Stadium soon. 

The 89-year-old is still in the hospital recovering from the procedure. He's not expected to be released for a few more days, team officials say. 

Tommy's been hospitalized several times over the years -- but keeps fighting through his ailments to make appearances at Dodgers Stadium. 

In fact, he attended the tribute to Vin Scully earlier this month.

Get well soon. 

Dodgers' Manager Dave Roberts We're World Series Contenders

3/10/2017 6:03 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Good news for Dodgers fans ... manager Dave Roberts says there's no reason why the team shouldn't be right in the World Series race this season. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the Blue Crew skipper who's clearly fired up about his squad this year as they get tuned up at Spring Training in Arizona.  

We also spoke with Roberts about Yasiel Puig and the break-in at his L.A. home ... and Roberts tells us the MLB star was "heartbroken" over the incident. 

The bigger issue, Roberts says ... even though Puig can afford to replace the missing items, he feels violated and that sucks. 

One last thing ... Roberts owns a winery, Red Stitch Wine -- and he says it might be the BEST celeb owned vino on the planet! 

Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig's L.A. Home Hit By Burglars $500k In Jewelry Gone

3/7/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Yasiel Puig is the latest victim in a string of celeb burglaries in L.A. -- this time, crooks broke into the baseball star's L.A. home while he was in Arizona with the Dodgers for Spring Training and made off with more than half a million bucks in bling. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... burglars forced their way into the home while it was empty and made off with 3 high-end Rolex watches and other pieces of expensive jewelry. 

The thieves may have been inspired by the Kim Kardashian robbery, where she flaunted ultra-expensive jewelry on social media. Puig, who's almost always dripping in gold, is also a big fan of flaunting it on social media.

Sources tell us Puig had tapped a relative to stay in the house while he is away -- but the crooks made their move when that person was away. 

Seems L.A. jewel thieves are having a helluva year -- Alanis Morissette, Derek Fisher and Cesar Millan have all been hit in 2017 and so far, no arrests have been made. 

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