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MLB's Delmon Young Off the Hook In Valet Battery Case

3/30/2016 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

033016-delmon-young-gettyMLB veteran Delmon Young says he's "moving on with his life" after a judge dropped the charge against him for allegedly choking a hotel valet earlier this year ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former Orioles outfielder was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery back in February after a valet at the Viceroy Miami says Young went crazy on him at the valet stand. 

Young's accuser did not show up to a court hearing Wednesday -- so the judge dismissed the case. 

We spoke with Young's attorney David Oscar Markus -- who previously repped Dwight Howard -- and he says, "The prosecution's case whiffed and justice was served."

"Delmon is happy to move on with his life."

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

3/22/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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.

Giancarlo Stanton 'Barry Bonds Is a Beast But There Was No HR Derby'

3/17/2016 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031716-giancarlo-stanton-barry-bonds-gettyGiancarlo Stanton says reports that Barry Bonds beat him in a secret home run derby are NOT TRUE -- though he does say the ex-MLB star can still crush the ball like a BEAST!!

We reached out to the Miami Marlins superstar to find out what REALLY went down at the Marlins practice facility on Wednesday. Here's what he told us:

"False!!! He was hitting homers with us but it wasn't a home run derby. He was on my team for hitting drills. He is still a beast. But no home run derby vs. me. Media is wrong."

"Their story is we were hitting extra at batting practice on the back fields off a curveball machine. Getting work in. 5 of us. Last round we split into groups to face each other in a situational hitting competition with imaginary runners on base and the losing team picks up the balls. Not a home run derby."

"We added Bonds to make it 3 on 3. Bonds was on my team. But the fact that he could jump in there and still hit homers is unreal. And crazy to watch."

"He's gone in there and hit with Dee Gordon before as well as during hitting drills. Doing the same it's just they tried to blow it up since I was there as if we were head to head and he beat me ha. Not even close."

Aroldis Chapman Suspended 30 Games For Dom. Incident ... 'I Won't Appeal'

3/1/2016 1:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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030116-aroldis-chapman-gettyNY Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games for his role in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his GF ... and will lose roughly $1.7 MILLION in salary.

As we previously reported, Chapman's girlfriend claimed he pushed and choked her during an argument back in October ... then went to the garage and fired several shots into the wall. 

Chapman denied wrongdoing (though admitted to "poking her" in the shoulder) -- and was NOT charged with a crime ... but the MLB decided there was enough evidence to punish Chapman under the league's domestic violence policy. 

Chapman issued a statement saying, "Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015."

"I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry."

"The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration."

"I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title."


Yoenis Cespedes My Next Whip ... Is a PIMPED OUT JEEP!!!

2/26/2016 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

How do you top a tricked out Polaris? A fire-breathing Lambo? And a cherry red Alfa Romeo?? 

How about a super pimped out custom Jeep with your jersey number painted on the hood???

That's how NY Mets superstar Yoenis Cespedes will hit up spring training Friday ... so says his personal car guru, Alex Vega.  

Vega -- who runs The Auto Firm in Miami -- tells us he personalized the hell out of the Jeep complete with some cool baseball themed surprises. Here are the highlights:   

Complete body kit with a custom hood (with #52 on it), custom LED lights all around, a 4 inch lift kit, custom Avorza red leather seats stitched like a baseball glove, new exhaust system ... and 22x14 custom Avorza wheels.

"This is one of the craziest Jeeps we've done ... right up there with [Floyd Mayweather's]," Vega says. 

Nice work. 


Yasiel Puig Yes, He's Buying A Helicopter ... Says Car Customizing Guru

2/25/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe might be retiring but Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is keeping his swaggiest tradition alive ... buying his very own helicopter to get to practice ... according to a guy who knows all about it.

Puig has been posting hints all over social media he might be buying a chopper ... so when we had his friend and personal vehicle customizer, Alex Vega, on TMZ Sports we had to know ...

Is this guy for real or what?

Alex said not only is Puig buying the heli ... but once it's done Vega and the guys down at the Auto Firm in Miami are going to do a once over on it ... making it into the most pimped out bird in the sky.

What will Alex be working on? Our sources tell us Puig is copping a Robinson R44 helicopter that's gonna set him back around $350k ... if he buys it used.

Congrats Yasiel ... but remember, you have NO EXCUSE to be late to practice now.

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MLB's Jose Reyes Put On Paid Leave During Dom. Violence Case

2/23/2016 3:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0223_jose-reyes_gettyMajor League Baseball just sent an interesting message to Jose Reyes -- stay away from the team while your domestic violence case is pending ... but don't worry, we'll still pay you.  

Reyes has been accused of grabbing his wife by the throat and slamming her into a glass door during a Hawaiian vacation back in October. 

Reyes was arrested -- and the trial begins in April. 

So, what is MLB to do? 

On Tuesday, Commish Rob Manfred gave the orders to put Reyes on paid leave until the case is resolved. 

If Reyes is convicted, we're guessing the gravy train comes to an end -- and if he's exonerated, Reyes should be back in uniform without any damage to his bank account. 

"The Commissioner's Office will have no further comment on this matter until a final disposition is announced."

Stay tuned ... 

Marc Anthony I Have Nothing to Do with Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers

2/22/2016 10:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022216-marc-anthony-getty-02Marc Anthony says he adamantly denies having anything to do with an alleged human traffic conspiracy -- in which top Cuban baseball prodigies were smuggled into the U.S.

Anthony recently got into the sports management business -- launching Magnus Sports -- which recently teamed up with Praver Shapiro Sports Management. 

The issue for Anthony revolves around an agent named Bart Hernandez -- who has worked for Praver -- and was arrested and charged with player smuggling in a case surrounding MLB player Leonys Martin. 

In an effort to blunt any insinuation that Anthony had ANY knowledge or played a role, he and Magnus issued a joint statement condemning the alleged illegal activity. 

"Magnus Sports and Mr. Marc Anthony were surprised and concerned to learn of the charges filed against independent contractor Bart Hernandez."

"We strongly and in no uncertain terms condemn any and all forms of the behavior contained in the indictment. We trust that the legal process will result in a just verdict."

For his part, Hernandez denies any wrongdoing and vows to fight the charges. 

Pablo Sandoval Awesome Pre-Valentine's Day Surprise ... Caught On Video

1/22/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Pablo Sandoval is WAYYY ahead of the game ... surprising his girlfriend with a $140,000 pre-Valentine's Day gift ... and it all went down live on "TMZ Sports." 

The Boston Red Sox 3rd baseman FaceTime'd in from The Auto Firm in Miami -- where he commissioned car god Alex Vega to hook up his lady with a killer custom vehicle. 

Her reaction is priceless -- and you can see the whole thing on "TMZ Sports" on Friday at 9 PM PT, 12 AM ET on FS1.  

Cupid would be proud.

Lenny Dykstra's Son Sorry, Dad ... You're Not a Hall of Famer

1/10/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

File this one under: Kid's Say The Darndest Things.

Lenny Dykstra's son Cutter must be a summa cum laude graduate of Keepin' It Real University ... and not even family is immune to his straight talk.

Cutter was leaving The Nice Guy in Hollywood with his wife -- Jamie-Lynn Sigler -- when we asked if he thought his dad should join Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza in Cooperstown.

Check out the clip -- pretty sure this is NOT the way Lenny would have scripted it.

Common HGH Is A Cop-Out Great Athletes Don't Need It!!!

1/8/2016 12:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rap star Common says there are no shortcuts to greatness ... and athletes who use HGH can never, ever be compared to legends like Michael Jordan and LeBron James ... who did it au naturel.

Common was out in Beverly Hills when we talked all things sports with him ...  and when the conversation turned to HGH ... the Chicago rapper sounded off.

HGH is a hot topic right now ... with everyone from Mark Cuban to Chris D'elia weighing in on whether or not its time for the sports world to accept the health benefits the drug can offer.

Check it out -- Common's not the type of guy to diss anyone -- but he makes it clear -- HGH just takes all the wonder and fun -- out of professional sports.

Hope no MLB Hall of Fame voters see this ... for some guys' sake.

Roy Halladay I NEVER Cheated ... Roger Clemens Can't Say That

1/7/2016 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0106_Roy-Halladay_Roger-Clemens-blue-jays-gettRoy Halladay is firing back at his hero-turned-nemesis, Roger Clemens ... telling TMZ Sports he wasn't a cheater, and Clemens is just trying to deflect.

The former Blue Jays teammates started warring because Halladay tweeted "No Clemens no Bonds" -- due to their alleged steroid use -- the night before the latest Hall of Fame inductees were announced.

Clemens responded by accusing Halladay of "using amphetamines" when they were in Toronto. Roy flatly denies it, and points out Roger is the only person to ever accuse him of using illegal drugs. 

“I grew up a huge Clemens fan. Getting to play with him, he became a role model. When I heard that he had cheated, it was like finding out Santa Claus wasn’t real all over again to me.”

As for Clemens attacking him, Halladay says, "I let my reputation and the truth speak for itself. It’s the greatest feeling to say you did it the right way.”

Kirk Gibson's Son I'm a Minor Leaguer, but ... My Chick Is Major

1/4/2016 1:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0104-cam-gibson-girlfriend-fameflynetBaseball great Kirk Gibson's son hasn't taken a swing in the majors, but he's still hitting home runs ... on the beach with his smoke show GF.

Cam Gibson -- who was drafted by his pop's old squad, the Detroit Tigers last summer -- and girlfriend Mackenzie Miller were in Maui this weekend ... and both flaunted their assets. 

Unlike his dad's famous clutch World Series homer -- no one would say it's "impossible" these 2 hooked up. Hard bodies attract hard bodies ... aka #AbsGetCakes.


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