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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo I Wouldn't Have Boycotted Trump White House

2/14/2017 6:21 AM PST
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Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo says he's an athlete -- not a politician -- and would NOT have boycotted a visit to Donald Trump's White House. 

The World Series champ was at LAX wrapping up a quick L.A. vacation when we asked how he felt about the Patriots players refusing to take their championship visit to 1600 Pennsylvania. 

"To each their own, right?" Rizzo said ... adding, "I think anyone who gets to go to the White House is lucky."

Rizzo concluded by telling us it wouldn't have mattered which prez he visited and then pointed to his shirt, which read, "Team USA."

FYI, Rizzo and his Cubs made their trip to the White House back in January -- the last team to visit while Barack Obama was still in power. 

Derek Jeter: I'M HAVING A BABY!!!

2/13/2017 6:32 AM PST
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0213-jeter-davis-getty-instagramDerek Jeter's gonna be a dad!!

The Yankees legend's wife, Hannah Jeter, just made the announcement on Derek's website, The Players' Tribune ... saying she's pregnant with a little girl!!

It's the couple's first child. Hannah says Derek has a name picked out but she won't reveal it. 

Derek and Hannah were married in July. He's 42. She's 26.

Derek retired from the Yankees back in 2014. Glad he's keeping himself busy!

Congrats!

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Yasiel Puig To New Son Please Play A Sport ... Any Sport

2/11/2017 12:25 AM PST
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Don't be surprised if there's another 240 pound beast dominating the sports world in about 17 years ... 'cause Yasiel Puig says he desperately wants his brand new baby son to follow in his athletic footsteps.

We got Puig out at LAX, and wanted to know what life's been like since he had his second kid earlier this month ... a boy named Daniel Sebastian.

Puig says daddy duty is easy right now -- all the kid does is sleep -- but he hopes the little guy's dreaming about ATHLETIC DOMINATION! 

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Bryce Harper My Swing Really Is Blistering

2/8/2017 3:08 PM PST

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MLB slugger Bryce Harper's getting back in the swing of things ... and it took a real nasty toll on his hands. 

Here's a photo showing what hours in the cage can do to your palms ... even when you're arguably the best hitter in the world. 

Spring training starts in less than 2 weeks ... get that man some lotion! 

Yankees Prodigy Clint Frazier Reggie Jackson Mentors Me ... We're Froyo Bros

2/7/2017 2:45 PM PST
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The NY Yankees are FIRED UP about their big 22-year-old outfielder Clint Frazier -- who says Reggie Jackson is personally mentoring him ... even taking him out for froyo! 

Frazier was the #5 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft -- and some say he could be the next GREAT home run hitter in the majors. 

The Yankees are clearly believers -- and when we got Frazier out in NYC, he told us how he's been learning from one of the all-time greats, Mr. October. 

No pressure, kid.

MLB Great Andruw Jones Put Barry Bonds In Cooperstown! ... Same with Pete Rose!

1/29/2017 12:25 AM PST
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Cut the crap and put Barry Bonds in Cooperstown already ... so says possible future Hall of Famer Andruw Jones.

Same goes for Pete Rose and Roger Clemens

Jones doesn't seem to care about the allegations against the 3 Cooperstown outcasts -- what they did ON the field is enough for him.

By the way, Jones is a possible Hall of Fame candidate in 2018 (there's a LOT of debate about him) ... so we asked how he felt about a potential enshrinement.

True Jones' number fell off after he turned 30 ... but dude was a 10 time Gold Glove winner, a 5 time All-Star and hit over 400 home runs.

Plus, he was never busted for PEDs.

Not a bad resume.

Giancarlo Stanton If Tim Tebow Calls I'd Help Him Make The Majors

1/28/2017 12:15 AM PST
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One of the most feared sluggers in baseball says he's down to help Tim Tebow live his major league dreams ... with Giancarlo Stanton telling TMZ Sports he'd give TT the tutelage he needs to make it.

Tebow wasn't invited to the Mets spring training camp ... a major blow to his chances of suiting up for the big league squad anytime soon.

Giancarlo says Tebow probably has a lot more work to do before he's ready to really succeed in the sport ... and he's totally down to help Timmy do some of that work.

We also asked Stanton -- currently the highest paid player in MLB -- if he thinks Bryce Harper deserves the $400 mil deal he's looking for and GS had only one message for league owners ... PAY THE MAN.

By the way, Stanton was hangin' at the WME agency in Bev Hills where word on the street is he's working on a travel show. We asked him about it ... and he didn't exactly deny it. 

Tommy Hilfiger I Can Make the Dodgers Look FABULOUS!!

1/27/2017 6:34 AM PST
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The L.A. Dodgers' uniforms need a little touch-up, so says Tommy Hilfiger ... who tells TMZ Sports he's just the guy to do it!

Hilfiger says he's a big Dodgers fan ... and he wants to help the team evolve on the fashion front since they've basically rocked the same look since the '50s.

Tommy's even got a plan ... so Dodgers fans can start bleeding a color other than Dodger blue.

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Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner Baseball Baristas!! ... At Local Coffee Shops

1/23/2017 4:21 PM PST
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Coffee anyone?

L.A. Dodgers stars Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner surprised guests at local Coffee Bean stores Monday morning ... and even made drinks for customers.

The event kicked off the Dodgers Love L.A. Community Tour ... where players and coaches give back to the area.

Check out the clip ... it's hilarious to see Puig greet the customers and Turner attempt to make drinks without breaking the store.

Yordano Ventura Tributes Pour In At KC Royals Stadium

1/23/2017 6:09 AM PST

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K.C. Royals fans flocked to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to pay tribute to Yordano Ventura -- the 25-year-old pitcher who was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Flowers, notes, balloons, candles and more were placed around the stadium ... most tributes bearing his nickname, "Ace."

Ventura was a favorite among Royals fans -- not only did he have a blazing fastball, but he was a fiery competitor ... and the people loved it! 

Ventura was part of the Royals club that won the World Series in 2015 -- the same year he signed a 5-year deal reportedly worth more than $20 million.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the crash.

R.I.P. 

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Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash Same Day As Andy Marte

1/22/2017 8:57 AM PST
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0122-remembering-yordano-ventura-GETTY-01Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic ... the same day former MLB player Andy Marte also died in a separate crash in the same country.

Ventura was known for his electric fastball, but also for his short temper. He was suspended for 9 games last season for throwing a ball at an Orioles 3rd basemen.

His nickname was Ace Ventura, and he was on the team when the Royals won the World Series in 2015. Ventura finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year vote in 2014.

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At his last game, Ventura wore a hat honoring the late and fellow pitcher Jose Fernandez. The hat also paid tribute to the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who also died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic a few years ago.

The Royals confirmed Ventura's death Sunday, saying "Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing."

As for Marte ... he was a third basemen in the MLB for 14 years, having played with the Braves, Red Sox, Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ventura started in Marte's last professional game with the D-backs in 2014. 

Ventura was 25 years old, Marte was 33. 

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Aroldis Chapman Gets Hope Solo Treatment ... From Prez Obama

1/16/2017 12:06 PM PST

President Obama seems to have a White House rule -- no special shout-outs to athletes accused of domestic violence ... because Aroldis Chapman got no love at the White House today. 

Chapman was with the Chicago Cubs as part of their World Series trip to 1600 Pennsylvania ... and stood directly behind POTUS as Obama cracked jokes about the team. 

But as Obama broke down the final outs in Game 7 ... which Chapman pitched in ... B.O. never mentioned Aroldis by name.

Remember, Obama gave the exact same treatment to Hope Solo when the Team USA women's soccer team hit the White House in 2015 after winning the World Cup. 

What do they have in common? Pretty disturbing domestic violence allegations. 

Aroldis was accused of attacking his girlfriend and though he was never convicted of a crime, he did admit poking her and firing off his gun in anger. 

Solo is accused of beating up her sister's son ... and that case is still in the court system. 

Obama did crack jokes about other players ... typical dad humor stuff. 

We'll see if Trump continues the tradition when he takes office.

Chicago Cubs Squeezing In White House Visit ... Right Before Trump

1/11/2017 8:05 AM PST
Breaking News

0111-chicago-cubs-whitehouse-gettyThe Chicago Cubs have officially scheduled their White House visit after winning the World Series ... and it happens to be going down 4 DAYS before President Obama leaves office. 

A team official has confirmed the World Series champs will get to hang with POTUS -- a Chicago native (but a Sox fan) -- on January 16. They will be the last professional team to visit during Obama's term.

Donald Trump takes office on the 20th. 

What's interesting ... the Ricketts family, who own the Cubs, have sparred with Trump in the past. 

In fact, Trump tweeted back in February, "I hear the Rickets family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $'s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!"

The Ricketts family has said Trump is wrong about hidden dirt. 

Still, unclear if the beef had anything to do with the timing of the White House visit ... but it's interesting. 

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