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Tim Tebow Gunning for Baseball Career Holding Workout for MLB Teams

8/9/2016 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The ex-NFL quarterback is officially (finally) switching careers ... gunning for a spot on a Major League Baseball team ... and he's holding a workout for scouts later this month. 

Seriously. 

The (almost) 29-year-old was a stud back in high school -- hitting .494 as a junior and leading his squad to the Final Four of the Florida state playoffs. 

But Clayton Kershaw wasn't exactly pitching to him back then. 

Tebow's agents confirm the news ... saying he's been secretly training in L.A. and Arizona as an outfielder and a hitter. 

He hasn't played full time since 2005 ... when Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was 12 years old. 

Good luck ... 

Kenny Lofton Blasts A-Rod HALL OF FAME'S NOT FOR CHEATERS!!

8/9/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A-Rod is a PED cheater who'd sully the Hall Of Fame with his inclusion ... so claims former MLB superstar Kenny Lofton, who says if he had his way, Rodriguez would NEVER be enshrined in Cooperstown.

We got Kenny out at LAX and asked the 6-time All-Star the question everyone's been asking since the Yankees announced Rodriguez was being released later this week. 

Any chance ... even an outside one, he makes the Hall of Fame?

You know the issues ... Alex was busted for PEDs twice -- a stat that some baseball purists believe puts him on the Hall's persona non grata list next to Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.

Kenny is definitely in that camp ... absolutely EVISCERATING A-Rod to our camera guy, saying flatly, "You can't put a cheater in. Once you put one in, you got to put them all in." 

Lofton also points out he was a non-PED using STUD when the rest of the league was juiced out of their faces ... and thinks HOF voters should take that into consideration when it comes to his own HOF chances. 

MLB's Joey Votto Apologizes To Fan ... For In-Game Shaming

8/3/2016 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0803-joey-votto-mlb-01Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto did the quickest 180 in baseball history Tuesday ... totally hooking up a fan with an autograph moments after shaming him on national TV for bad baseball etiquette.

Votto was trying to snag a fly ball during the 7th inning of last night's game vs. the Cardinals when an excited fan seemed to impede his ability to make the catch.

Joey's initial response? SHAME. He grabbed the man's Reds jersey ... reminding him what team he was rooting for and when to get the hell out of the damn way.

Clip went viral instantly ... but while the Internet was eating it up, Votto was already doing an about-face ... going back to the dugout and writing out an apology to the man on a signed baseball.

Everybody won (including the Reds 7-5) but next time get outta the damn way, man!!!

Ex-Padres Pitcher You Like Waterslides??? ... Buy My Pad!

7/31/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0728-heath-bell-home-launch-3Ex-San Diego Padres star Heath Bell has a real estate deal for you -- buy his 4,100 square foot pad ... and a get a sick party pool ... WITH A WATERSLIDE! 

The 3-time MLB All-Star has put his San Diego home on the market -- 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with a gourmet kitchen, wine closet, the works -- but the coolest part is the party-ready backyard. 

It's got a bar, a hot tub, fountains ... and did we mention the waterslide??? 

Price -- $1,599,000. 

#Waterslide 

MLB's Bryce Harper Sick July 4th Cleats ... Most Patriotic Kicks Ever??

7/1/2016 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-bryce-harper-cleats-custom-TMZ-SPORTS-01Pretty awesome move from MLB superstar Bryce Harper -- who's honoring July 4th with some custom cleats paying tribute to ALL 5 BRANCHES of the U.S. military. 

The Washington Nationals superstar hooked up with sneaker customizer Dez Customs and Kreative Customs and gave them the following marching orders -- gimme something that celebrates America! 

The guys grabbed a pair of Bryce's signature Under Armour cleats, the Harper Ones, and spruced 'em up with the logos of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. 

We're told the guys spent 30 hours on the cleats -- and check 'em out, they look great!  

Under Armour told the artists Bryce will rock the cleats during his July 4th game against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

#USA

MLB Great David Wells The Bat Flip Is BS I'd Drill Players Who Did It!!

6/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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All you crazy bat-flipping home run hitters should thank your lucky stars you weren't born a couple years earlier ... 'cause retired MLB stud pitcher David Wells says if you did it to him ... you'd wear baseball.

We got Wells at the Hank's Yanks Golf Classic in NYC and asked him about the recent trend of the bat flip -- hitters showing up pitchers with aggressive lumber tossing after they go yard.

The main culprit is, of course, Toronto's Jose Bautista ... whose bat flip in game 5 of last year's ALDS has been called -- rightfully so -- "the most ostentatious bat flip of all time."

Check out the clip -- Wells says he would've given Jose a rawhide makeover his next time at bat ... 'cause in DW's opinion, flipping your hickory is just too damn disrespectful.

It's okay guys ... he's retired ... you can flip in peace. 

EX-WWE Scott Steiner Clotheslines Pierogi ... At MLB Game

6/23/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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062316_steiner_primaryBig Poppa Pump painfully pummeled a pierogi in Pittsburgh ... POW! 

It all went down at the Pirates game ... ex-WWE superstar Scott Steiner was standing near the finish line of the pierogi race ... when he delivered a ferocious clothesline to the dashing dumpling. 

Once a heel ...  

[H/T ProWrestlingSheet]

Draymond Green Declines Invite to Throw 1st Pitch at A's Game

6/13/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0613-draymond-green-oakland-as-golden-state-warriors-TMZ-01Draymond Green was asked to throw out the first pitch at Monday's Oakland A's game -- but respectfully declined ... this according to a rep for the A's. 

With the Golden State Warriors star serving a 1 game suspension -- and unable to be in the arena for Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- Green said he would be attending the A's game, located right next to Oracle Arena. 

TMZ Sports spoke with A's Director of Corporate Communications, Catherine Aker, who confirmed Green will be in the stadium ... but doesn't want to make a spectacle. 

"We extended an invitation to Draymond to throw out the first pitch and he declined. He would prefer to keep a low profile while at our game."

Green will reportedly be allowed inside the arena to celebrate with his team if they win -- and it just so happens there is a tunnel which connects the Oakland Coliseum to Oracle Arena.

MLB's Rougned Odor Mocks Jose Bautista Fight ... While Serving Suspension!

6/2/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0602-Dirk-Nowitzki-twitterThis is pretty funny ... unless you're Jose Bautista

MLB star Rougned Odor hit up the Dallas Mavericks practice facility ... and completely mocked the instantly-legendary K.O. moment with Bautista -- using Dirk Nowitzki as his punching bag. 

Clearly, the fight is the most memorable thing Odor has ever done ... but it's interesting that he's already making light of it while STILL SERVING HIS SUSPENSION for the May 15th fight! 

Chandler Parsons also joined in on the Odor fun ... posting a pic and captioning it, "Our new team security."

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Detroit Tigers Pitcher I Contracted Zika Virus ... It Sucked

6/1/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0601-Francisco-Rodriguez-GETTY-01Forget the Olympics, the Zika virus has already infiltrated MLB -- with Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez saying he contracted the virus in Venezuela during the offseason. 

The 34-year-old revealed his health status to ESPN -- saying his symptoms started off almost like a common cold ... but quickly escalated.

"It wasn't a cold. A cold, you have a sneeze, have a headache, take a couple Tylenol and you're done. You don't have a cold for two weeks, you don't have a bodyache for two weeks, you don't have headaches, throwing up, weaknesses for two weeks."

Rodriguez says he was bedridden for 2 weeks while he fought off the mosquito-borne virus -- which some experts say can cause severe birth defects and neurological issues in adults.

He also says it took him roughly 2 months before he started to feel normal again -- and notes that he was never considered contagious. 

As for Olympic athletes worried about catching Zika in Brazil -- Rodriguez says the concern is real.

"If they have plans to have kids in the future, you've got to think about it. You have to be aware of that as well. You have to do some homework, some research about it."

Yasiel Puig Finds Mini-Puig at Statue of Liberty

5/27/2016 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-yasiel-puig-statue-of-liberty-TWITTER-01Here's Yasiel Puig starting off his Memorial Day weekend at one of the most patriotic places in the country ... the Statue of Liberty ... where he ran into one of his littlest fans! 

The Cuban-born Dodgers star was heading over to Liberty Island (he's in town to play the Mets) when he saw a kid in a Puig #66 shirt and had to stop and take a picture. 

"I come to the Statue of Liberty and find a little 66 fan thanks bro #dodgersfan #NYC."'

Cute, right? 

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! 

Vin Scully On All-Star Game 'Just Didn't Want to Do It'

5/27/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has a very simple explanation about why he passed on calling the All-Star game in San Diego in July ... telling TMZ Sports, "I just didn't want to." 

It's as simple as that.

Scully was reportedly approached by a Fox Sports executive recently and essentially offered anything he wanted to make it happen -- whether it was calling the whole game, 1 inning or just being a guest in the booth. But Vin respectfully declined the invitation. 

So, when we saw him out in Bev Hills Thursday, we asked him about it. 

FYI, Vin's been calling Dodgers games for 67 seasons -- he can do whatever he wants.

 

Artie Lange Bashes A-Rod 'Stain On the Yankees, Poison'

5/26/2016 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NY Yankees superfan Artie Lange says Alex Rodriguez has been a disaster in the Big Apple -- calling him a stain and a poison ... who's supercharged the downfall of a once proud franchise. 

"I didn't want him from day 1," Lange said ... "What did we get, one extra ring with his legacy?"

"A-Rod is a stain, he's just a poison."

Lange goes even harder -- trashing the current players as money-hungry sellouts who care more about a check than continuing the Yankees legacy.

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