New York Yankees
slugger Andruw Jones
is battling his estranged wife for custody of their son -- claiming he's the better parent ... just two months after he was popped for domestic violence. Nicole Jones
filed for divorce from Andruw back in January -- one week after the MLB star was arrested for allegedly dragging her through the garage and choking her. Charges are pending.
In the divorce docs, Nicole -- who was married to Jones for 10 years -- asked for primary physical custody of their 9-year-old son AND to have the prenup voided.
Now, Andruw has fired back in his own docs ... claiming HE should get primary physical custody, and not only that ... he shouldn't have to pony up a dime in child support.
A judge has yet to rule.
It's been almost 25 years since Orel Hershiser
fireballed the L.A. Dodgers past the Oakland A's in the 1988 World Series ... and this week, he reminded everyone of his former greatness by rocking his championship ring to dinner in Bev Hills.
Orel -- who's now part of ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" team -- was out at Madeo with friends this weekend ... when we noticed a large, shiny, blue object on his pitching hand.
Turns out, Orel still believes in showing off the goods in public ... 'cause the bling turned out to be his '88 ring ... and Orel was quick to flash it to the cameras.
On one hand, it's pretty badass ... on the other hand, it's a little Springsteen "Glory Days."
So, we gotta ask ...
When we asked free agent MLB pitcher Brian Wilson
if he would play for the Yankees next season ... he gave us a very interesting answer ... an answer that could be interpreted two ways: Most people's interpretation
-- I would rather die a painful death than sign with NY because I'm from Boston and would never join the team I've been trained to hate with every fiber of my being. Delusional Yankee Fan interpretation
-- He didn't exactly say "No".
The estranged wife of Dwight Gooden
has been granted a temporary restraining order against the baseball legend after she had to call the police on him for making threats against her and her family … TMZ has learned.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Monique Gooden
called the Bergen County Police Department in New Jersey on March 1. Monique claims Dwight made "terroristic threats," specifically claiming he said, "All bets are off and I will hurt you and your family. You'll see, just wait."
We're told when police arrived, they called a family court judge who granted Monique a temporary restraining order on the spot after speaking to her on the phone.
Dwight is currently living in the same home as Monique as the couple goes through their divorce, but the judge ordered Dwight to grab his belongings and leave ... which he did. He was not arrested or taken into custody by police.
The court order also strips Dwight of visitation of his two young children until the next court hearing ... which is March 11. The judge will also decide at that time on whether to make the temporary restraining order a permanent one.
He was also ordered to continue to make payments on the Range Rover and its insurance for his wife, and make child support payments from a previous court order.
Monique filed for divorce back on November 20, 2012 after three years of marriage. Dwight was arrested back in 2005 for allegedly hitting Monique after she threw a phone at him.
Calls to Dwight were not returned.
Looks like Lenny Dykstra
's going full Gandalf for his jaunt in the pokey -- TMZ obtained his never-before-seen mug shot ... and the former MLB star is sporting the makings of a fierce gray beard.
In case you missed it ... Dykstra is currently behind bars for a looong list of crimes ... this includes grand theft auto
, bankruptcy fraud
... and not one
, but two
lewd Craigslist incidents.
By the make of his mug shot, Dykstra's clearly prepping himself for the long haul ... and what better way to do so than by taking a cue from the cast of "Duck Dynasty
Meanwhile, his son Cutter Dykstra
continues enjoying all the fruits freedom has to offer ... he was recently spotted taking his prego baby mama -- "Sopranos
" star Jamie-Lynn Sigler
-- out for a night on the town
superstar Todd Helton
-- who once signed a $141.5 MILLION contract -- was arrested for DUI
while trying to drunkenly buy LOTTERY TICKETS ... this according to cops.
TMZ obtained the police report filed by the Thornton Police Department after the 39-year-old slugger was popped at a gas station in Colorado early Wednesday morning.
According to the report, cops tracked down Helton after receiving a tip that Todd's black Ford F-150 had struck a median and then parked at a nearby gas station.
When cops arrived to the scene, police say they saw Helton stumbling out of the gas station -- stinking of booze -- and clutching lottery tickets in his hand.
Cops say Helton denied striking a median ... but "made spontaneous statements about drinking two igloo cups of red wine."
Helton was eventually arrested on 3 counts of DUI ... but according to the report he was "respectful and professional throughout the entire process."
first baseman Todd Helton
was arrested for DUI this morning -- and TMZ has the mug shot.
According to the police report, 39-year-old Helton was busted at 2:39 AM on 3 counts of drunk driving just outside of Denver.
Cops say Helton was cooperative.
A rep for the Rockies released a statement saying the MLB superstar "clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision."
Helton -- a former All-Star -- was once considered one of the best hitters in baseball.
Helton just released a statement saying, "Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions."
"I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard."
"I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
San Francisco Giants
pitcher Sergio Romo
(and his beard) can breathe a sigh of relief ... 'cause the world series superstar will NOT be charged following his recent Vegas bust, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Romo and his beard were detained by cops
on New Year's Day -- after he allegedly became "angry and aggressive" with a TSA agent at the airport. According to sources, he appeared to be under the influence.
Romo and his beard were cited with a misdemeanor -- and escorted off airport grounds.
A rep for the Clark County District Attorney's office tells us ... Romo will NOT be charged due to a "lack of prosecutorial resources."
The rep explains, "We simply do not have the manpower or resources to go forward on every case ... and must weigh the value, provability, and seriousness of each case accordingly."
In other words, Romo and his beard are small potatoes to the DA.
has filed a new lawsuit against her ex-hubby former L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt
... claiming he grossly shortchanged her in the property settlement by fraudulently undervaluing their assets -- in particular the Dodgers.
In the lawsuit ... obtained by TMZ ... Jamie says based on the valuation of assets Frank's team provided ... she agreed to accept a $131 million settlement plus a few other things.
Jamie now says Frank cooked the books by undervaluing the Dodgers assets at less than 1/10 their actual value. Jamie says their total assets were more than $1.7 BILLION.
Jamie says based on the real numbers, she should have received more than $900 million.
Rich people's problems.
hero Sergio Romo
was handcuffed New Year's Day at the Las Vegas airport ... TMZ has learned -- after allegedly becoming belligerent with a TSA officer.
Law enforcement sources tell us, the San Francisco Giants
pitcher was detained by cops because he couldn't provide the proper ID to clear security.
We're told Romo then got into it with a TSA agent -- becoming "angry and aggressive." Cops then swooped in and cuffed him.
Romo was taken to the police station at the airport , where he was cited for violating airport rules and then released. Romo was not allowed to fly following the incident, and was subsequently escorted off airport grounds.
According to law enforcement sources, Romo appeared to be under the influence.
Not a good week for athletes named Romo.