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A-Rod Ball Guy

Getting 'Scary' Threats

'Cause I Won't Return Ball

6/30/2015 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0630_zack_hample_gettyZack Hample ... the guy who caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit ... tells TMZ Sports that since snagging the lucky ball he's been dogged by people making "scary" threats for him to return the ball to the Yankees stud.

Hample ... a notorious ball hawk who actually writes a blog on how to catch dingers ... says some fans want him to return the ball so badly that they are filling up his inboxes with dangerous talk.

"I try to disregard it, but when some people make personal threats and say things, it's scary."

Zack also tells us he adamantly refutes the rumors that he knocked over kids and old ladies to get the ball ... saying Internet haters are spreading the lies to smear his name. 

"What I do, is totally respectful, and done with the utmost care. It's all lies."

Hample still hasn't made up his mind about what to do with the rock just yet -- despite yet another offer from the Yankees -- but he says he doesn't understand why people are giving him a hard time.

"No one has a problem with A-Rod making like $20 or 30 million a year, but when some dude catches a baseball he's supposed to just hand it over to the rich guy."

Darryl Hamilton's Death

Girlfriend's Ex Called 911

... Sounds Like a Violent Situation

6/23/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

90s Major Leaguer Darryl Hamilton was killed by his girlfriend in what police are calling a murder-suicide -- and right before the shooting ... she begged her ex-husband to call cops.

The 911 call was placed by Monica Jordan's ex Sunday around 4:45 PM outside Houston. He tells the operator Monica sounded distraught, and wanted him to get over to her house immediately. 

Monica was living with Hamilton, who retired after the 2001 season ... and had played for the Mets, Giants, and several other teams. 

The ex husband said he didn't think there were any weapons in the house. He was wrong. When police arrived they found Hamilton's body with multiple gunshot wounds -- and Monica's body with one self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The couple's 14-month old child was safe in the home.

A-Rod Baseball

Yankees Offer King's Ransom

... Says Guy Who Caught It

6/20/2015 10:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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How bad do the New York Yankees want A-Rod to have his 3,000 hit ball back? So bad that the team is offering a smorgasbord of AWESOME pinstriped-themed goodies ... so says the guy who caught it.

We spoke to Zack Hample ... the lucky dog who snagged A-Rod's historic dinger, and he tells us the Yanks made an incredible offer to him the minute the MLB authenticated his ball.

According to Hample the deal included ...

- Seats in the "Legends" section of Yankees stadium

- A personal meeting with A-Rod

- His own press conference with the media

- Appearances on the YES network for the rest of the season

- A "sizable" donation" to the charity of Hample's choice (with A-Rod to match the donation)

FYI -- sitting in the swanky "Legends" section of Yankees stadium is a big deal, with tickets running up to $1,500 per game ... and include gourmet food and drinks for the whole 9 innings.

Hample says it ain't just the Yanks who want the ball -- with multiple auction houses and collectors offering big cash for the rock -- but he hasn't made up his mind about what to do with it just yet.

Good problem to have if you ask us.

MLB Star David Price

Pablo Sandoval Screwed Up

... Poop Smarter, Homie

6/19/2015 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Boston Red Sox star Pablo Sandoval broke the CARDINAL RULE when it comes to dropping a deuce during a MLB game ... so claims David Price who says Pablo needs to be smarter on the crapper. 

As you've probably heard ... Sandoval was benched by the team after he got caught liking sexy photos on Instagram while the Sox were playing the Braves earlier this week. 

Pablo later said he was using his phone while taking care of biz in the clubhouse bathroom ... and "f**ked up" by violating the team's no social media during games policy.  

Which brings us to Price -- a 4-time All Star and Cy Young winner -- who tells us EVERYONE in the MLB uses their phones when nature calls, but ya GOTTA be able to show restraint and not leave a digital trail.  

Check out the clip ... Price is hilarious ... and also dishes out some hygienic advice for all of you non-professional athletes who also enjoy a good B.M. 

Wade Boggs

Wanna Drink 100 Beers In 24 Hrs?

Here's How ...

6/19/2015 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

You'll probably die if you try it ... but Wade Boggs is finally revealing the secret to pounding 100 beers in 24 hours. 

You've heard the legend ... that Boggs once slammed 64 beers on a flight from Boston to L.A. during his days in the MLB (the exact number has been disputed).  

In fact, the famous story inspired an episode of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia."

So, how the hell did he do it? He probably didn't ... but he had a funny answer when we asked him about it in NYC yesterday. 

Cheers. 

Jeb Bush

I Ain't Got Time for Baseball

... I'm Runnin' for Prez!

6/17/2015 2:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Gotta respect when a politician is honest ... like when Jeb Bush admitted to us he didn't know about the MLB hacking scandal yesterday because as he put it: "Man, I'm running for president. I've been busy!"

The former Gov. was leaving NBC in New York when we asked about the FBI investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking the Houston Astros to steal top secret information. 

Bush has a serious MLB connection, considering his brother George W. was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers. 

By the way, we also asked if he's still a fan of the Astros considering he grew up in Houston ... but he shot that down and said there's only ONE team he roots for nowadays.  

L.A. Dodgers

Team Plane Makes Emergency Landing

... After Padres Game

6/15/2015 6:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

united-airlines-dodgers-getty-01Scary moment for the Los Angeles Dodgers ... when the team plane made an emergency landing Sunday night because of a mechanical issue. 

The team jet had departed from San Diego at 7:15 PM after beating the Padres 4-2, when their aircraft -- United Airlines Flight 2207 -- called in an emergency landing at LAX. 

The flight landed safely at 8:16 PM -- with all 176 passengers and crew on board. 

An airline spokesperson said the Dodgers players were transferred to another plane so they could get to Dallas -- where they're set to take on the Rangers later today. 

Mickey Mantle

DiMaggio's a 'F**ker' Baseball

... Sells for $12k

6/12/2015 7:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0611-mickey-mantle-joe-dimaggio-getty-01No one loved to cuss people out in autographs more than Mickey Mantle -- and now, a signed baseball in which he refers to Joe DiMaggio as "f**ker" has just sold ... for $12,000!!!

It's unclear exactly when Mantle signed the ball, but the people at Steiner Sports tell us Mantle signed it right after spilling a drink on DiMaggio at some sort of event back in the day. 

The signature reads, "I'm sorry I spilled a drink on this f**ker. MM." 

Joe DiMaggio also signed the ball ... and we're told both signatures have been authenticated. 

Mantle LOVED to screw around when it came to signing his name ... sometimes dropping F-bombs because he thought it was funny (and most of the time it was) ... like here and here

As for who bought the DiMaggio ball ... so far, the buyer's identity has not been revealed. 

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Minnie Driver

Yeah, I Screwed Up Nat'l Anthem

(But I Was Still Pretty Good!)

6/10/2015 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Minnie Driver's lyrical screwup during the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Dodgers game has clearly not affected her confidence ... telling us, "I did very well. I got a word wrong."

(For the record, she got TWO words wrong, but close enough)

Minnie says she was "very bummed" about the mistake ... and chalked the whole thing up to nerves. 

Still, Driver says it could have been worse -- saying it was more important for her to stay in tune then to have gotten all of the lyrics right.  

She may have a point  ... right Carl Lewis? 

Wale

Bryce Harper Is My Cousin

5/28/2015 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hip-hop superstar Wale just revealed a super awesome branch of his family tree ... telling TMZ Sports Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper ... is his actual cousin.

Wale was out in L.A. when we decided to do a little D.C. sports rundown with the DMV representer, asking about the Wizards and then about Harper ... who's currently tearing up the Major Leagues.

That's when Wale dropped the bombshell that's sure to make Donald Sterling's skin crawl ... telling our camera guy that he loves Harper ... mainly because Bryce is actually his cousin!!!

Ok ... so maybe he was joking ... but maybe he's not ... why can't they be related?

Watch the clip ... and open your freakin' mind.

L.A. Dodgers

Tap Lance Bass for LGBT Night

5/20/2015 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0520-lance-bass-dodgers-TMZ-01The L.A. Dodgers have announced the team is bringing back LGBT night at Dodger Stadium next month ... with a bunch of huge stars including Lance Bass

It's the 3rd time the Dodgers are hosting the event -- all set to go down on June 19th when the Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants. 

The team says Lisa Vanderpump will throw out the first pitch. 

Openly gay country music singer Ty Herndon will perform the national anthem. 

Former Dodgers player Billy Bean -- who came out after his playing days were over -- will also be a part of the event. 

The Dodgers say they are also partnering up with GYM Sportsbar -- the first and only gay sports bar in Los Angeles -- in promoting the event. 

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Jose Canseco's Daughter

Gunning For SI Swimsuit Edition

5/14/2015 12:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Hannah Davis better watch her perfectly sculpted ass ... 'cause Jose Canseco's hot model daughter is gunning for her spot in the 2016 SI Swimsuit Edition. 

Turns out, Josie Canseco is an aspiring model ... who's making a serious run to get into the most famous bikini mag in the country.

In fact, she shot a video for SI's Swim Daily to better her chances, here are the highlights ... 

-- She thinks lingerie is sexy 
-- She doesn't like dudes with crazy chest hair
-- And thinks most women want to date a version of their father 

So, pay attention you smooth-chested, athletic roid-heads ... you may have a shot. 

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Jorge Posada

Umpires Used to Fart On Me

'But I Returned the Favor'

5/13/2015 11:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

When you're an MLB catcher ... there are serious hazards of the job. 

Being farted on by the home plate umpire is apparently one of those hazards ... so says former Yankees superstar Jorge Posada

Don't worry, Jorge tells us if an ump hit him with a stink bomb -- he always got even ... "I returned the favor."

And now you know. 

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