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

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson Gravity-Defying MLB Helmet Incident ... Isn't Gravity Defying

5/10/2016 5:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You know that crazy clip of Indians shortstop Jose Ramirez kicking his helmet backwards ... only for it to magically reappear and smack him back in the head?? 

Turns out, it's not really that magical ... it's physics -- so says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

The science whiz joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs tonight on FS1) -- and explained why the helmet returned to Ramirez like Yondu's whistle arrow in "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Kirk Gibson I Gotta Nickname For My Parkinson's ... But 'I'm Not Gonna Give In'

5/2/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kirk Gibson is an absolute badass ... telling TMZ Sports his Parkinson's disease is a huge pain in the ass -- but he REFUSES to give in. 

The MLB legend was at LAX when he started talking about "this guy I carry around ... his name's Parky."

Our photog didn't quite get the connection -- but it's clear Gibson's talking about his medical condition, which he was diagnosed with last year

You gotta watch the clip ... Gibson keeps it about as real as it gets.

MLB's Aroldis Chapman I'm American, Baby ... Granted Citizenship

4/29/2016 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

429-aroldis-chapman-instagramAroldis Chapman now bleeds red, white and blue ... even though he kinda already did (see: Cuba's flag) ... because the Cuban-born pitcher is now a full-fledged U.S. citizen. 

The NY Yankees fireballer -- nicknamed the "Cuban Missle" -- defected from Cuba (by way of the Netherlands) back in 2009 ... and has made it his mission to get full citizenship. 

Well, Friday it finally happened ... and the 28-year-old proudly announced it on social media. 

"Today is a very important day for me and I want to share it with all of you," Chapman wrote.

"Today April 29, 2016 I've became a U.S. Citizen and I want to thanks God and this great nation for the opportunities it has offer me and my family. Very happy to say that I'm a U.S. Citizen."

MLB's Carlos Martinez Calls BS on STD Lawsuit ... '100% False'

4/29/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0422-carlos-martinez-getty-01St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is ferociously disputing a lawsuit -- in which the 24-year-old is accused of giving a woman non-life threatening STDs ... after swearing he was clean. 

The woman behind the suit, filed in district court in Miami, claims she began a romantic relationship with Martinez in 2012 -- and the two had an on-and-off relationship for years.

According to the suit, the two reconnected last year -- and began having sex again on Dec. 16th. Two days later, the woman claims she began to feel ill and later tested positive for multiple STDs. 

The woman claims she had grilled Martinez about his sexual health before they hooked up and he "swore to God that he was not infected with any sexually transmitted disease."

Soon after the woman informed Martinez about her condition, he allegedly bolted for the Dominican Republic and never called her back. 

Now, she's suing him for battery, negligent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, fraud and more ... and she's demanding more than $1.5 million in damages. 

We spoke with Martinez's attorney Ruben Scolavino who tells us Carlos adamantly denies the allegations.

"I can tell you most assuredly the allegations are 100% false."

Cal Ripken Jr. Marriage Streak Is Over ... Divorces Wife

4/28/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0428-cal-ripken-kelly-ripken-divorce-art-TMZ-GETTY-01For the first time in 30 years, Cal Ripken Jr. is a single man ... because his divorce was officially finalized today. 

A lawyer for Kelly Ripken confirmed the split to the Baltimore Sun ... saying, "Kelly has been a great mother to two fabulous children and a wonderful, faithful wife for the duration of the parties' relationship, which lasted more than 30 years."

The lawyer added, "Kelly looks forward to the next chapter in her life, which will be focused on philanthropy and her commitment to promoting women's health, most currently through 'A Woman's Journey' at Johns Hopkins Medicine."

FYI -- Ripken is reportedly worth in the neighborhood of $75 mil ... but the details of the divorce settlement have not been revealed. 

Cal and Kelly married in 1987 -- and have 2 children together. 

Rob Kardashian I Almost Got Beat Up In Boston ... Over My Yankees Hat

4/19/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The rivalry is still VERY real when it comes to the Sox and the Yankees ... just ask Rob Kardashian who tells TMZ Sports he almost got his ass kicked in Beantown for rockin' his Yanks hat.

Rob says he's still a Dodgers fan at heart -- after all, he was born and raised in L.A. -- but says his lady Blac Chyna got sick of the L.A. lid and pressured him to switch it up. 

So, Rob chose the pinstripes ... but forgot how much the Yanks are hated in Red Sox country -- and says his fashion choice almost got him beat the hell up.  

Hey, it's rough out there. 

MLB's Delmon Young Off the Hook In Valet Battery Case

3/30/2016 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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033016-delmon-young-gettyMLB veteran Delmon Young says he's "moving on with his life" after a judge dropped the charge against him for allegedly choking a hotel valet earlier this year ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The former Orioles outfielder was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery back in February after a valet at the Viceroy Miami says Young went crazy on him at the valet stand. 

Young's accuser did not show up to a court hearing Wednesday -- so the judge dismissed the case. 

We spoke with Young's attorney David Oscar Markus -- who previously repped Dwight Howard -- and he says, "The prosecution's case whiffed and justice was served."

"Delmon is happy to move on with his life."

L.A. Dodgers Stadium Bat Burglars Busted ... Caught on Video

3/22/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A fast-thinking, Columbo-esque lawyer for the L.A. Dodgers blew the lid off a major memorabilia theft ring that looted the organization for years.

Chad Gunderson, Sr. Counsel for the L.A. Dodgers, was surfing online last December for sports memorabilia when he noticed someone was hawking Dodgers items that he knew were not for sale, including a Don Mattingly game jersey, an Adrian Gonzalez game jersey and Yasiel Puig bats.

Gunderson engaged the seller, who stupidly told him he had "two very good sources at Dodger Stadium." The seller went on to say he'd been dealing with one source for 10 years and another for 20. That was enough for Gunderson to leap into action.

The lawyer got the team to set up secret cameras in the clubhouse and the equipment room.  

On December 5, 2015, the camera captured a man entering the clubhouse at 11:23 PM. He was wearing dark clothing and a mask. The man immediately turned off the automatic light switch, but the light was on long enough to capture stainless steel handcuffs on his belt.

Gunderson and crew knew they were probably dealing with a security guard. So they overrode the automatic light switch and waited.  

Sure enough, 6 days later, at 3:07 AM, 2 masked men entered the clubhouse -- one wearing a ski mask and the other a nylon stocking. The light stayed on, and the cameras captured the men pilfering baseball bats, a pair of shoes, Dodgers jackets, hats and a box of baseballs. 

The dumb guys were bold enough that they wore Dodgers security jackets and one guy even wore Dodgers batting gloves.  

Two Dodgers security guards and the eBay seller were arrested and charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary. They have pled not guilty.

Giancarlo Stanton 'Barry Bonds Is a Beast But There Was No HR Derby'

3/17/2016 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031716-giancarlo-stanton-barry-bonds-gettyGiancarlo Stanton says reports that Barry Bonds beat him in a secret home run derby are NOT TRUE -- though he does say the ex-MLB star can still crush the ball like a BEAST!!

We reached out to the Miami Marlins superstar to find out what REALLY went down at the Marlins practice facility on Wednesday. Here's what he told us:

"False!!! He was hitting homers with us but it wasn't a home run derby. He was on my team for hitting drills. He is still a beast. But no home run derby vs. me. Media is wrong."

"Their story is we were hitting extra at batting practice on the back fields off a curveball machine. Getting work in. 5 of us. Last round we split into groups to face each other in a situational hitting competition with imaginary runners on base and the losing team picks up the balls. Not a home run derby."

"We added Bonds to make it 3 on 3. Bonds was on my team. But the fact that he could jump in there and still hit homers is unreal. And crazy to watch."

"He's gone in there and hit with Dee Gordon before as well as during hitting drills. Doing the same it's just they tried to blow it up since I was there as if we were head to head and he beat me ha. Not even close."

Aroldis Chapman Suspended 30 Games For Dom. Incident ... 'I Won't Appeal'

3/1/2016 1:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

030116-aroldis-chapman-gettyNY Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended 30 games for his role in an alleged domestic violence incident involving his GF ... and will lose roughly $1.7 MILLION in salary.

As we previously reported, Chapman's girlfriend claimed he pushed and choked her during an argument back in October ... then went to the garage and fired several shots into the wall. 

Chapman denied wrongdoing (though admitted to "poking her" in the shoulder) -- and was NOT charged with a crime ... but the MLB decided there was enough evidence to punish Chapman under the league's domestic violence policy. 

Chapman issued a statement saying, "Today, I accepted a 30 game suspension from Major League Baseball resulting from my actions on October 30, 2015."

"I want to be clear, I did not in any way harm my girlfriend that evening. However, I should have exercised better judgment with respect to certain actions, and for that I am sorry."

"The decision to accept a suspension, as opposed to appealing one, was made after careful consideration."

"I made this decision in an effort to minimize the distractions that an appeal would cause the Yankees, my new teammates and most importantly, my family. I have learned from this matter, and I look forward to being part of the Yankees’ quest for a 28th World Series title."

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Yoenis Cespedes My Next Whip ... Is a PIMPED OUT JEEP!!!

2/26/2016 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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How do you top a tricked out Polaris? A fire-breathing Lambo? And a cherry red Alfa Romeo?? 

How about a super pimped out custom Jeep with your jersey number painted on the hood???

That's how NY Mets superstar Yoenis Cespedes will hit up spring training Friday ... so says his personal car guru, Alex Vega.  

Vega -- who runs The Auto Firm in Miami -- tells us he personalized the hell out of the Jeep complete with some cool baseball themed surprises. Here are the highlights:   

Complete body kit with a custom hood (with #52 on it), custom LED lights all around, a 4 inch lift kit, custom Avorza red leather seats stitched like a baseball glove, new exhaust system ... and 22x14 custom Avorza wheels.

"This is one of the craziest Jeeps we've done ... right up there with [Floyd Mayweather's]," Vega says. 

Nice work. 

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Yasiel Puig Yes, He's Buying A Helicopter ... Says Car Customizing Guru

2/25/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe might be retiring but Dodgers star Yasiel Puig is keeping his swaggiest tradition alive ... buying his very own helicopter to get to practice ... according to a guy who knows all about it.

Puig has been posting hints all over social media he might be buying a chopper ... so when we had his friend and personal vehicle customizer, Alex Vega, on TMZ Sports we had to know ...

Is this guy for real or what?

Alex said not only is Puig buying the heli ... but once it's done Vega and the guys down at the Auto Firm in Miami are going to do a once over on it ... making it into the most pimped out bird in the sky.

What will Alex be working on? Our sources tell us Puig is copping a Robinson R44 helicopter that's gonna set him back around $350k ... if he buys it used.

Congrats Yasiel ... but remember, you have NO EXCUSE to be late to practice now.

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