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Mets Pitcher Jeurys Familia Suspended 15 Games ... For Dom. Violence Arrest

3/29/2017 9:48 AM PDT
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The N.Y. Mets have suspended star pitcher Jeurys Familia 15 games for his domestic violence arrest back in October ... despite the fact a judge dismissed the criminal charge against him. 

As we previously reported, Familia was arrested October 31 in New Jersey after cops say they saw visible injuries on his wife after she called 911 claiming he was drunk and "going crazy."

Familia was initially charged with simple assault -- but the judge dismissed that charge in December after the MLB star and his wife met with the judge together. 

Still, MLB officials are punishing Familia anyway, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal who says Familia will miss 15 games and 18 days of pay ... totaling roughly $700,000. 

Rosenthal says Familia has also agreed to make a contribution to charity and make in-person appearances at MLB rookie programs and at a NY-based domestic violence group.

Familia just issued a statement saying he accepts the suspension but insists he NEVER "physically touched, harmed or threatened my wife that evening."

"I did, however, act in an unacceptable manner and am terribly disappointed in myself. I am alone to blame for the problems of that evening."

"My wife and I cooperated fully with Major League Baseball’s investigation, and I’ve taken meaningful steps to assure that nothing like this will ever happen again. I have learned from this experience, and have grown as a husband, a father, and a man."

Cal Ripken Rooting for Tim Tebow 'But It's Gonna Be a Hard Road'

3/23/2017 9:48 AM PDT
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Tim Tebow has a legend in his corner ... Cal Ripken Jr. ... who tells TMZ Sports he's pulling for the guy to make the big leagues but says, "It's gonna be a hard road."

Ripken says Tebow has a few things working in his favor while he tries to climb the ranks in the NY Mets farm system ... but ultimately, he needs reps. 

Team USA Red, White & Booze!! Epic Locker Room Turn Up

3/23/2017 6:50 AM PDT

There's only one way to celebrate a World Baseball Classic title ... CHAMPAGNE SHOWERS!!!

There wasn't a dry spot in the locker rooms after Marcus Stroman and Team USA completely dominated Puerto Rico 8-0 to finally bring a WBC title to America.

Everyone from Giancarlo Stanton to Andrew McCutchen strapped on their goggles and turnt up.

The celebration in the locker room was insane ... but the fun didn't stop there. We spotted the champs outside an L.A. nightclub later in the night -- trophy in hand -- and it looked like the party was just getting started.

Aroldis Chapman Floyd Who? My Car Fleet Is Swagged Out Too!!

3/17/2017 8:41 AM PDT

Aroldis Chapman brings the heat when it comes to his cars ... flossin' 4 of his insanely expensive rides in Miami.

The NY Yankees star has been rockin' the Lamborghini for a while ... but now he's added a Rolls-Royce and two fancy SUVs to the mix ... including a custom built Rhino GX (which start at $229k).

Chapman recently signed a 5 year, $86 million contract.

Spend it if ya got it.

MLB's Jose Fernandez Was Driving Boat While Drunk & Coked Up ... Officials Say

3/16/2017 6:33 AM PDT
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0316-jose-fernandez-GETTY-01Investigators have concluded MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez was driving his boat at the time it crashed in Miami ... killing everyone onboard ... and say he was drunk and high on cocaine at the time.

Fernandez -- along with Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero -- were killed on Sept. 25 when Jose's boat smashed into a jetty around 3 AM. 

The FL Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched an investigation into the incident -- and Thursday they released their findings. 

Long story short ... Fernandez's blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit and his blood tested positive for traces of cocaine.

Officials say Jose and his crew were boozing at a local bar before the crash -- Jose bought 2 bottles of Don Julio tequila and 3 other drinks.

Several of Jose's friends were texting each other that night -- apparently concerned for Jose's well-being after he got into an argument with his pregnant girlfriend.

As for the crash, officials say they believe the boat was traveling at 66 mph in the pitch-black night -- in a very dangerous area. The report essentially says Jose was incredibly reckless.

The report also described the physical injuries all 3 men suffered and it's gruesome.

The families of the other victims have already filed lawsuits against Jose's estate for wrongful death.

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Jose Fernandez Mom and Girlfriend To Split Control Of Estate ... Judge Says

3/15/2017 8:54 AM PDT
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0315-jose-fernandez-getty-01Jose Fernandez's mom and girlfriend will split control of the late MLB star's estate, a Miami judge ruled on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old pitcher -- who passed away in a boating accident back in September -- left behind no will. Fernandez's attorneys have valued his estate around $2-3 million.

Fernandez's girlfriend, Maria Arias, gave birth to their daughter on February 24.

The families of the other two men that passed away in the boat crash have filed wrongful death lawsuits against Fernandez's estate.

ATL Braves Pitcher Allegedly Pulls a 'Cash Me Ousside' ... Cops Called to Chick-fil-A

3/12/2017 12:30 AM PST
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0310-mike-foltynewicz-gettyAtlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz got into it with a fan at a Chick-fil-A in Florida -- allegedly telling the guy to "meet me outside" ... this according to the police report obtained by TMZ Sports

Mike -- who's in Kissimmee for Braves Spring Training -- was chillin' at the chicken joint in nearby Osceola County with his wife on March 9 when he was confronted by a man asking for an autograph.

The fan says Mike cussed him out and challenged him to a fight saying, "We're gonna do this man-to-man" and "Meet me outside!"

Cops were called but Mike was gone when they arrived. They spoke with employees who said Mike did cuss but didn't pose a real violent threat.

Surveillance footage shows Mike trying to walk away from the fan and sit at a table in the back -- before eventually changing his order to go ... and leaving. 

Cops say the fan is leaving to go back to Tennessee and likely won't ever encounter Mike again ... so they're not pushing forward with a case against the MLB player.

In short, no one was caught outside ... how bow dah?!

Dodgers' Manager Dave Roberts We're World Series Contenders

3/10/2017 6:03 AM PST
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Good news for Dodgers fans ... manager Dave Roberts says there's no reason why the team shouldn't be right in the World Series race this season. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the Blue Crew skipper who's clearly fired up about his squad this year as they get tuned up at Spring Training in Arizona.  

We also spoke with Roberts about Yasiel Puig and the break-in at his L.A. home ... and Roberts tells us the MLB star was "heartbroken" over the incident. 

The bigger issue, Roberts says ... even though Puig can afford to replace the missing items, he feels violated and that sucks. 

One last thing ... Roberts owns a winery, Red Stitch Wine -- and he says it might be the BEST celeb owned vino on the planet! 

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Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig's L.A. Home Hit By Burglars $500k In Jewelry Gone

3/7/2017 1:00 AM PST
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0306-yasiel-puig-TMZ-02Yasiel Puig is the latest victim in a string of celeb burglaries in L.A. -- this time, crooks broke into the baseball star's L.A. home while he was in Arizona with the Dodgers for Spring Training and made off with more than half a million bucks in bling. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... burglars forced their way into the home while it was empty and made off with 3 high-end Rolex watches and other pieces of expensive jewelry. 

The thieves may have been inspired by the Kim Kardashian robbery, where she flaunted ultra-expensive jewelry on social media. Puig, who's almost always dripping in gold, is also a big fan of flaunting it on social media.

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Sources tell us Puig had tapped a relative to stay in the house while he is away -- but the crooks made their move when that person was away. 

Seems L.A. jewel thieves are having a helluva year -- Alanis Morissette, Derek Fisher and Cesar Millan have all been hit in 2017 and so far, no arrests have been made. 

Barry Zito I Wouldn't Trade Cy Young For Grammy ... But 10 Grammys??

2/26/2017 12:40 AM PST
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What's cooler -- winning a Cy Young or a Grammy??

3-time MLB All-Star Barry Zito is trying to add to his trophy cabinet 'cause he wants BOTH!!

BZ's got a Cy Young -- given to the best pitcher in baseball -- from '02 with the Oakland A's. But now that the southpaw traded his glove for a guitar, would he give up the highest pitching honor to be recognized in the music industry?!

Zito's working on it. He released a 6-track country album titled "No Secrets" back in January ... and it's been a hit, appearing on several Billboard charts (#15, Americana/Folk Album Sales and #18, Heatseekers Albums).

#PitchPerfect

Jose Fernandez Married His H.S. Sweetheart in 2012

2/24/2017 11:17 AM PST
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We now know why Jose Fernandez's marital status was listed as divorced in his death certificate -- he wasn't even old enough to drink when he got married back in 2012.

TMZ Sports did some digging and according to the marriage license we've obtained ... Jose and Alejandra Baleato Marichal got married in December 2012 in Tampa, Fla. They were both 20 when they tied the knot.

According to court records ... the marriage lasted only 18 months.

We broke the story ... Jose's death certificate listed him as having been divorced. We knew he had a pregnant girlfriend at the time of his tragic boating accident, but knew nothing about an earlier marriage.

According to a Tampa Bay Times article ... Jose and Alejandra met while still in high school.

Jose Fernandez Death Certificate Reveals He Was Divorced

2/24/2017 9:05 AM PST
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Jose Fernandez was divorced at one point in his life, but it's unclear to whom he was married ... according to his death certificate.

TMZ Sports obtained the document and his marital status is crystal clear -- DIVORCED. It's interesting ... we know Jose had a pregnant girlfriend when he died last September in a tragic boating accident. The fact he'd been married before didn't come out previously.

The death certificate also confirms the Marlins pitcher's body was found in the ocean at 3:15 AM. He was cremated in Fort Lauderdale.

Jose was 24.

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MLB Stars Get Iconic 'Walking Dead' Weapon Meet Lucille

2/17/2017 3:31 PM PST

ZOMBIES, BEWARE ... a couple of MLB stars just got some heavy-duty undead killing weaponry in the form of Lucille, the iconic barbed wire covered baseball bat from "The Walking Dead."

BTW -- if you don't watch 'TWD' (which you should), Lucille is wielded by the ultimate scumbag/badass Negan ... and was used in one of the most brutal scenes in television history earlier this season.

That brutality didn't stop J.D. Martinez of the Tigers and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers from fanning out when replicas of Lucille were delivered to their team's spring training earlier Friday, courtesy of the show's production.

R.I.P. to Glenn and Abraham.

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