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Curt Schilling Gets Massive Jesus Tattoo ... and It's Kinda Cool

4/19/2018 6:34 AM PDT
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Challenge: Forget how you feel about Curt Schilling and judge this post purely on art. Good? 

The ex-MLB star-turned-political firebrand got a brand new tattoo -- Jesus on the cross -- and he's essentially sharing an arm with JC. 

The tat is inspired by Mark 15:33 -- "At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon."

But, the artist designed the tattoo to make it look like Jesus' left arm becomes one with Curt's arm -- and the illusion is actually pretty cool. 

Question -- does Curt have a better chance of getting into heaven or Cooperstown? 

Ex-MLB Pitcher Matt Mantei Allegedly Threw Wife to Ground Before Dom. Violence Arrest

4/18/2018 2:46 PM PDT
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Matt Mantei allegedly pushed his wife and threw her to the ground during a fight over a cell phone -- before being arrested for domestic violence ... according to an incident report obtained by TMZ Sports.

We broke the story ... Mantei was arrested for assault and battery in Michigan on Tuesday night. According to the report, Mantei and his wife of 3 months were at home when they began arguing.

In the report, Mantei's wife claims he "grabbed her forearms and threw her to the floor" after trying to grab her phone. Once on the ground, Mantei allegedly got on top of his wife to prevent her from moving ... and squeezed her hands, causing minor injuries to her fingers.

Once Mantei let his wife go, the report says he began "throwing items around the house and tearing things off the wall."

Mantei's wife called 911 and waited for cops to arrive. The report says she had "visible cuts and bruises to her right hand ... and both hands were somewhat swollen."

M.M. appeared in court this afternoon and pled not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence ... before being released from jail.

He's due back in court next month.

Ex-MLB'er Matt Mantei Arrested For Assault & Battery

4/18/2018 8:46 AM PDT
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12:21 PM PT -- Mantei appeared in front of a judge  (over a livestream) in Berrien County, Michigan ... and plead not guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence.

MM was given a personal recognizance bond ... meaning he will be discharged from county jail without paying any money.

He is due back in court May 2.

Flame-throwing ex-MLB pitcher Matt Mantei was arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery Tuesday night in Michigan ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Mantei -- a closer with a 100 MPH heater -- played 10 seasons in the big leagues for the Marlins, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He had a career ERA of 4.07, and racked up 93 saves ... before retiring in 2005.

According to officials, Mantei -- 44 years old -- was booked into the Berrien County Jail Tuesday night on the charge of assault and battery.

It's unclear exactly what led up to the arrest.

Mantei is still in custody.

Story developing ...

'Shark Tank' Star Praises A-Rod For Not Blowing Fortune Like Most Athletes

4/14/2018 12:15 AM PDT
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Alex Rodriguez ain't no dumb jock -- he's a legit business mogul who should be a ROLE MODEL for pro athletes who wanna STAY rich after their playing days are over ... so says Kevin O'Leary

The "Shark Tank" star says he was REALLY impressed with A-Rod when he appeared on the show last season ... saying, "The guy is, for an ex-athlete, very savvy on business."

In fact, Mr. Wonderful heaped all sorts of praise on the guy for figuring out how to invest and run a company while he was still playing ball ... so the transition was easy. 

"He's kind of a model of what should happen to athletes," O'Leary says ... "Learn something while you're in the game, you've got your cash to reinvest it."

"He is quite the surprise."

Albert Belle Charges Dismissed In Indecent Exposure Case

4/13/2018 1:51 PM PDT
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Albert Belle is off the hook for allegedly shaking his genitals at a 15-year-old girl while peeing outside of a soccer stadium ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Belle was arrested in Scottsdale, AZ on March 24 and charged with 2 counts of indecent exposure (1 felony, 1 misdemeanor) after officials said he shook his penis at a man and his daughter while relieving himself next to an SUV. 

Cops said 51-year-old Belle reeked of alcohol and had been yelled at by the family to stop urinating in public because there were kids present. Belle allegedly responded by shaking his dong at them and yelling at them to stop looking. 

Now, officials tell us ... both indecent exposure charges have been dismissed -- but we don't know why. 

Belle had also been arrested for DUI during the incident -- but officials never moved forward with that charge. 

Bottom line ... Belle is in the clear. 

Yankees Legend Dave Winfield Back Off Giancarlo Stanton ... Season Just Started!

4/11/2018 3:15 PM PDT
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Yankees fans can boo Giancarlo Stanton all they want ... ain't NOTHIN' gonna stop him from having another huge season -- so says Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield.

We got the Yankee legend at LAX ... and asked if we should be sweatin' the horrific start from the Pinstripers' $300 MILLION man. 

Winfield's response -- hell no!

"It's early in the season ... he's gonna have an extraordinary year," Dave told TMZ Sports.

Winfield also hinted at giving Stanton some pointers next time he's in NY ... and if we were Giancarlo, we'd follow up. 

Milton Bradley Handcuffed In Court ... At Dom. Violence Hearing

4/10/2018 12:15 PM PDT
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Ex-MLB star Milton Bradley was ordered into custody at his domestic violence arraignment in L.A. on Tuesday ... and TMZ Sports has the video. 

We broke the story ... the 39-year-old former All-Star was charged with spousal battery stemming from a January incident at his L.A. home. 

At the time of the incident, Bradley's wife told police he roughed her up during a heated argument and then fled from the scene before help arrived. 

Bradley's wife was inside the courtroom on Tuesday for the arraignment and sat next to Milton in an apparent show of support ... along with his attorney, Nareg Gourjian. 

But, Milton got no special treatment -- the judge ordered L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies to handcuff Bradley and take him into custody. Bail was at $175k -- higher than normal due to a prior domestic violence conviction.

FYI -- Bradley spent 15 months behind bars after he was convicted of beating up his previous wife.

If convicted in this case, Bradley could face up to a year in jail. 

Luke Terry 1-Armed Baseball Player Hits Like a Beast!

4/8/2018 12:30 AM PDT
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Luke Terry -- the 15-year-old catcher who only has one arm -- CAN HIT ... and TMZ Sports has the incredible video!!!

Video of Terry playing catcher went viral this week ... showing the athlete catching the ball with his mitt and then flipping it to himself to throw back to the pitcher.

The footage inspired millions of people, including Deion Sanders who reached out to Terry to send him new, high-quality baseball gear. 

We spoke with Terry who says his baseball dreams include playing at the college level and then GOING PRO, BABY!!! 

"I'd like to play in the MLB, too," Terry says ... noting he's always had a passion for the sport. 

But, the best part of this story is listening to Terry's approach on life -- and how he HATES the word "can't."

In fact, Terry says he feels like a superhero when he goes out on the field and competes -- because he knows other kids look up to him and he's all about being a positive role model. 

THIS KID IS AMAZING!!!!  

Jose Fernandez Drugged Before Boat Crash ... Lawyer Claims

4/4/2018 9:06 AM PDT
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Jose Fernandez and a passenger killed in his fatal boat crash were both drugged before the incident as part of a robbery scheme ... this according to a lawyer for the ex-MLB star's estate. 

Attorney Ralph Fernandez has filed new documents in the wrongful death case brought against the Miami Marlins pitcher -- claiming he was carrying $15,000 in cash in a backpack on the night of the incident ... which made him a target for thieves. 

Fernandez claims he and Eduardo Rivero were "unwitting recipients of a spiked drink or a mickey of sorts" in a plot to disorient them and steal the money. 

Fernandez, Rivero and Emilio Macias were killed in Sept. 2016 when Jose's boat crashed while traveling at an extremely high speed. Investigators say Fernandez's body tested positive for cocaine and booze. 

The families of Rivero and Macias filed a civil suit against Fernandez's estate each seeking $2 million. 

But, Jose's attorney claims investigators found NO evidence of drug paraphernalia or drug residue at the crash scene ... supporting his theory that the player was drugged without his knowledge. 

Fernandez also claims the investigative body handling the crash refused to consider the possibility Jose was not driving the boat. For the record, the boat was owned by Jose. 

Fernandez claims "inexperienced" investigators have botched the investigation -- saying, "Like a house of cards, this whole case is compromised."

Kate Upton My Engagement Ring Almost As Big As Verlander's World Series Ring

4/4/2018 7:33 AM PDT
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Justin Verlander won the World Series ... Kate Upton is winning at life -- if you use giant diamonds to keep score. 

The Houston Astros pitcher let his supermodel wife rock his brand new World Series ring -- on the same hand as her massive engagement ring ... and it's a kind of photo that would make Drew Brees blush. 

The World Series ring -- which Verlander got on Tuesday -- is 10.40 carats with 214 diamonds, 16 natural blue sapphires and 9 natural orange sapphires.

The ring has 11 custom diamonds that make up the "H" on the top of the piece -- one for every playoff victory ... and 101 diamonds overall on the top (one for every regular season win). 

There are 56 diamonds which surround the "H" -- representing each season the Astros played until the first franchise title. 

The engagement ring is reportedly 8 carats and worth $1.5 million.  

Good Lord. 

NYY Broadcaster John Sterling Here's The Story Behind My Giancarlo Stanton HR Call

3/30/2018 4:11 PM PDT
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Giancarlo Stanton had a MONSTER Yankees debut -- SMASHING 2 home runs -- and TMZ Sports talked to NYY's legendary radio announcer, John Sterling ... about his polarizing Stanton HR call.

Sterling -- who's announced every Yankees game since 1989 (almost 5,000 in a row) -- is known for his over the top home run calls. One's like ...

"An A-Bomb! From A-Rod!" (Alex Rodriguez)

"He's Judge and jury, and this is judgment day!" (Aaron Judge)

So, when the ball left Stanton's bat ... and John belted out "Giancarlo, non si può stoparlo! It is a Stantonian home run" ... there was mixed reaction. 

Why Italian? What's it even mean?

We called Sterling and got answers. 

Tim Tebow Still Ain't Close to MLB Ready ... Says Ex-MLB & NFL Star

3/29/2018 4:15 PM PDT
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Tim Tebow's doing all the right things to make it to the Bigs, but he's still got a looong way to go -- so says Brian Jordan, a guy who used to pull double-duty for MLB and NFL!!

We got the former Major League All-Star (and Pro Bowl alternate) at Opening Day for the Braves ... and even though Tebow just got sent down to Double A by the Mets, Brian told us he's damn impressed with the QB's accomplishments thus far. 

"He's progressing along and getting better ... he still has a couple of holes and he's working hard to fill 'em," Jordan told TMZ Sports.

That said, BJ told us not to expect any Tebow sightings at Citi Field for a while 'cause he "still needs a lot of time down in the Minor Leagues."

But don't feel down, Timmy -- Brian also said he's pullin' for ya 100% ... and if we were you, we'd give this 2-sport legend a dial! 

Dodgers Send in Big Poo Wrecking Crew For Sewage Spill Cleanup

3/28/2018 3:22 PM PDT
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The Dodgers are going for a clean sweep -- not of their Opening Day opponents, the Giants -- but of the waste water that seeped onto the Dodgers Stadium field.

Sources inside the L.A. County Dept. of Health tell TMZ Sports ... inspectors were roaming the third baseline area next to the dugout Wednesday ... checking out the disgusting mud patch left behind after Tuesday night's sewage spill.

If ya missed it, Big Blue's exhibition game against the Angels was cut short when a waste water pipeline burst, sending up a stench worse than Yu Darvish's World Series outings.

We're told that section of the field had to be vacuumed, and the material shipped off to a waste disposal facility. Then the area was doused with chlorine, lye and other antibacterial chemicals. The Dept. of Health will make another inspection on Thursday morning ... ahead of the Opening Day festivities.

If you're going to the game, that's bleach you're smelling. And maybe a little left over from Yu.

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