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Dave Winfield Encourages MLB Nat'l Anthem Protests

9/25/2017 9:26 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Seems MLB legend Dave Winfield wants to see MORE baseball players following Bruce Maxwell's lead when it comes to national anthem protests. 

FYI, Maxwell became MLB's first kneeler this weekend -- with the Oakland A's catcher demonstrating during the national anthem in the wake of Donald Trump's "son of a bitch" comments

So, when we saw Winfield at LAX, we asked for his thoughts. 

"It's a new era -- new causes, new objections to the way things are ... it's a protest we should listen to," Winfield told TMZ Sports.

Winfield added this message for the kneelers -- "Nothing changes overnight. Keep doing what you're doing."

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.

Bryce Harper Ubers w/ 'World's Tallest Man'

9/20/2017 10:54 AM PDT
Breaking News

Bryce Harper's one of baseball's most built dudes at 6'3'', 230 pounds ... but you wouldn't know it in this pic he just shared with his MASSIVE uber driver.

Of course, that's not just any driver ... that's Aurangzeb Khan ... an 8-foot cabbie that bills himself as the "World's Tallest Man." 

Khan actually ain't THE tallest guy on the planet (we did some digging) ... but he's up there. Just look at the size of his paw on Bryce's shoulder!

Harper was waaay stoked to get matched with the real-life giant ... cheesin' hard on his way to Atlanta's SunTrust Park.

Funny ... Khan didn't seem nearly as starstruck. 

MLB Commish Rob Manfred Sox Guilty Of Stealing Signs ... Fined Undisclosed Amount

9/15/2017 2:17 PM PDT
Breaking News

MLB commish Rob Manfred just dropped the hammer on the Red Sox ... fining the club an "undisclosed amount" of money for stealing signs using banned electronic devices.

Baseball investigators determined the BoSox violated MLB rules by "sending electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout."

While Manfred did not specify the amount of the fine ... he did say the cash would go towards Hurricane Irma relief in Florida.

The Sox weren't the only ones lighter in the wallet ... the commish says he determined the Yankees broke a rule prior to the '17 season, so he fined them also.

The amount ... "lesser undisclosed amount" -- also going to storm relief.

We spoke with Manfred last week in D.C. while he was still conducting the investigation ... and he told us the scandal was just a "reflection of competitive activity between two clubs."

David Ortiz Take Protests Out of the Ballgame Take Banners Out of the Crowd!!!

9/15/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

David Ortiz wants to make baseball fun again ... and definitely doesn't think unfurling huge protest banners at the ballpark is the way to do it.

We got Big Papi at LAX Thursday -- the Red Sox legend tells us he's not down with the Boston fans who brought the controversial banner to the game Wednesday night ... even though it was speaking out against racism.

Ortiz suggests making political statements at a game -- no matter what side somebody's on -- are a bad idea because people are always going to get the wrong idea ... so he's against it.

As Papi put it ... "You don't wanna add more s**t to the s**t that is already out there."

FYI ... the 4 fans who brought the banner to Fenway were ejected.

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

9/14/2017 10:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

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.

Darryl Strawberry God Saved Me From Cocaine

9/14/2017 8:56 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Darryl Strawberry says there's only one thing that saved him from the despair of drug addiction ... God ... telling TMZ Sports it was the man upstairs who was finally able to pull him from his habit.

We got Straw out in NYC and asked him what finally helped him kick the notorious cocaine addiction that derailed his MLB career, and the World Series champion's answer was simple. 

"My faith, my faith in God, and my wife, Tracy."

Straw chronicles his struggles kicking the white stuff in his new book "Don’t Give Up on Me: Shedding Light on Addiction," but it's clear the former All-Star has his head on straight now.

Even still, he says there's one holy duty that he still won't perform as a man of God, because he's too scared.

Lexy Panterra I WANT Giancarlo Stanton ... For Lifelong Friendship

9/9/2017 12:10 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

MLB home run leader Giancarlo Stanton is NEVER getting to home plate with pop singer (and twerk queen) Lexy Panterra ... and that's coming DIRECTLY from Lexy, who says the two are just friends.

And they're gonna stay that way ...

We got Lexy at Poppy (NEW HOLLYWOOD HOTSPOT ALERT) and asked her if any of the fake chemistry in their steamy music video could turn real.

That's when she did what MLB pitchers have been avoiding all year -- went right into Giancarlo's zone ... but this time it was his FRIEND ZONE.

Watch the video below, coulda been hot together.

MLB Commish Rob Manfred On BoSox Cheating Claims: They Just Wanna Win!

9/7/2017 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Everybody relax ... MLB commish Rob Manfred says allegations the Red Sox stole signals from the Yankees with an Apple Watch just proves how competitive they are!!!

No, really ... that's what he told us!

We saw the Commish in D.C. this week and asked him about the biggest scandal in baseball -- claims a Red Sox trainer used an Apple Watch to relay Yankees signals to Boston players to give their hitters an advantage. 

"Look, I think it's a reflection of competitive activity between two clubs," Manfred told TMZ Sports ... "I'm sure we'll investigate and reach a resolution that preserves the integrity of the game."

When asked if the Red Sox would forfeit the wins from the games in question, Manfred said, "I'm not gonna talk about potential discipline at this point. We haven't even completed the investigation."

The baseball boss did weigh in on another HUGE impact tech could have on the game -- and he definitely ain't about it ... at least not yet.

Charlie Sheen Reunites with 'Major League' Cast At Real 'Field of Dreams'!

9/3/2017 5:33 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charlie Sheen finally got what he wanted in a "Major League" reunion -- well, sorta -- but with a baseball movie curve ball.

Sheen got together Sunday -- seemingly for the first time in a long time -- with his fellow 'Major League' costars Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger for a little baseball softball action at the real-life "Field of Dreams" from the movie of the same name.

Sources close to the event tell TMZ Sports the 3 actors were participating in a celebrity softball game this weekend in Dubuque County, Iowa -- where the field was built -- put on by MAB Celebrity Services. Prince Marketing Group booked Sheen and co.

Some other MLB legends that were there included Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs, Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson, Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith and White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas. U.S. soccer star Hope Solo was there too.

You'll recall ... Charlie told us earlier this year he was positive the 'Major League' cast would get together for a 3rd movie in the franchise. This ain't that just yet, but still ... a good start.

Looks like dreams really do come true, especially when it's your born day. Happy birthday, Charlie!

MLB's Giancarlo Stanton Stars In Erotic Sex Scene ... In Lexy Panterra Video

8/31/2017 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Giancarlo Stanton just hit another one out the park ...

TMZ Sports has a first look at the MLB home run leader like we KNOW you've never seen him before ... as a VIDEO VIXEN ... getting up close and personal -- and damn near naked with Lexy Panterra.

Lexy's twerk vids have gotten millions of views on YouTube (you've seen them) but she's also a budding pop star, and enlisted the slugger for some sexy visuals for her track, "Deep End."

Stanton doesn't do much in the video -- he kinda just lies there (typical), but let's face it, when you're as yoked (and rich) as the Miami Marlins superstar, that's pretty much all you have to do.

BTW -- the chemistry in the video is evident, but we asked, and they're just friends. Although, we honestly can't see why. Now stop reading and enjoy.

XXX Legend Kendra Lust Fires Back at Royals GM Porn Ain't Evil!

8/30/2017 9:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kendra Lust has a huge bone to pick with K.C. Royals G.M. Dayton Moore -- claiming the baseball honcho is dead wrong about linking porn to domestic violence. 

Lust -- AVN's reigning "MILF Performer of the Year" award winner -- came out swinging hard against Moore ... claiming she's sick of people blaming adult videos for their problems without a shred of evidence. 

"In all honesty, I think that porn helps keep people's relationships healthy," Lust says. 

"It helps keep [people] safe from maybe going out and being unfaithful to their spouse ... it helped my life a lot."

Lust slams Moore's insinuation that porn is dangerous like booze and drugs as a "cop out" -- and says he needs to support it ... instead of demonizing it. 

MLB's Danny Duffy The Burger King DUI Video (Want Fries with That?)

8/30/2017 6:31 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports has obtained video of Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy face-to-face with cops while being popped for DUI in a Burger King drive-thru. 

It all went down in Overland Park, Kansas around 7:35 PM on Sunday evening. The person shooting the video thought it was crazy that someone could get a sobriety test in the BK parking lot -- she had no idea it was the World Series star. 

You can see 6'3" Duffy with the shaved head and the green sweatshirt. 

BK employees told KCTV5 that he ordered a combo meal and some burgers -- but passed out behind the wheel before getting to the pickup window. Cops woke him up and he was cited for DUI before being released to a friend. 

He never got that combo meal. 

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