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Curt Schilling Dead Serious About Political Career ... Eyes White House in 2024

9/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

President Curt Schilling??? 

It's possible ... because the ex-MLB superstar tells TMZ Sports he's 100% serious about launching his political career ... starting with a senate run in Massachusetts in the VERY near future.

Schilling is a staunch republican and says he's seriously leaning toward challenging Elizabeth Warren for her senate seat in 2018. 

After that, Schilling says ... "I'd love to give the White House a try."

He's not kidding. He's even got a plan ... and says he loves that he lives in a country where his presidential aspirations could very well be a reality. 

Hail to the (future) chief?

Marco Rubio Senate Tribute To Jose Fernandez 'He Was The American Dream'

9/27/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Marco Rubio took over the Senate floor Tuesday morning in D.C. to pay tribute to Jose Fernandez -- calling the late MLB star "the pride of Miami."

Senator Rubio admitted he never met Fernandez personally -- but felt connected to the pitcher because of their common Cuban American heritage. 

"This young man meant a lot to a lot of us for different reasons and different ways," Rubio said.

"And now, just as quickly as he came into our lives, just as he was coming into his own and really, starting to fulfill his athletic potential, and just as we were really getting to know him, he is gone."

Fernandez was 24

MLB's Yu Darvish Brother Convicted In MLB Gambling Ring ... Millions of Dollars

9/27/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0927-yu-darvish-getty-01The brother of MLB superstar Yu Darvish has been convicted of running a multi-million dollar gambling ring that centered around Major League Baseball games ... officials say.

Authorities in Japan say 27-year-old Sho Darvish was taking hundreds of bets on MLB games and pro baseball games in Japan back in 2015 ... and personally wagered around $2.2 million. 

Investigators say Yu Darvish was NOT involved in the gambling ring -- and also note that the action was limited to a circle of friends and had no connection to organized crime.  

Sho was sentenced to roughly 2 years in prison -- but the sentence was suspended for 5 years ... meaning if he keeps his nose clean and completes any other conditions ordered by the court, he won't serve time behind bars. 

According to reports, Sho apologized for bringing shame to his family -- and vowed to change his last name ... but on Tuesday, the judge told him to change his behavior instead. 

Jose Fernandez Cops Grilling Bar About Final Hours

9/27/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0926_Jose-Fernandez_wreckage_apThe time Jose Fernandez and his friends spent in a popular Miami bar -- shortly before their boat wreck -- is now a focal point of the investigation into the Marlins star's death.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... cops have contacted American Social Bar & Kitchen to interview employees who were working late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. We're told they also want to check out surveillance videos to see if Fernandez and co. were drinking.

We broke the story -- the group was hanging out at the bar within 90 minutes of the accident.

Officials have said there was no physical evidence of booze at the accident scene. Investigators are awaiting toxicology results on the victims. Our sources say cops also got a search warrant for GPS and electronic data from the boat -- which was registered to Jose -- to nail down direction and speed when they crashed.

We're told one operating theory is the driver was attempting to go around the jetty, but misjudged it in the darkness ... at high speed.

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Jose Fernandez Hit Miami Party Spot 90 Minutes Before Crash

9/26/2016 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0925-jose-fernandez-gettyJose Fernandez was at a popular Miami waterfront party spot at least 90 minutes before his fatal boat crash ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Multiple sources have told us ... Fernandez and at least one other person who was killed in the crash was at American Social Bar & Kitchen around 2 AM on Sunday morning.

When asked for specifics about what happened inside -- including whether alcohol was served to Jose or his friends -- a rep for the restaurant would only say, "Jose Fernandez was a guest at American Social."

The restaurant, which has a dock for boaters to pull up, is located a short distance from where the crash occurred. The boat was discovered by the coast guard at 3:30 AM. Investigators believe the boat was traveling at full speed when it crashed into a jetty

Officials have said at this point it does not appear alcohol was a factor in the crash -- but it appears that statement was based on a lack of visual evidence such as liquor bottles or beer cans. Toxicology results are pending

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Jose Fernandez Autopsy Complete ... On All 3 Boat Victims

9/26/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0925-Jose-Fernandez-GETTY-02An autopsy has been conducted on Jose Fernandez and the other 2 men killed in this weekend's boating accident ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office confirms all 3 autopsies were completed on Sunday. 

Officials have previously said they do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor in the Sunday morning crash that killed the Miami Marlins pitcher ... but toxicology testing will be able to shed more light on that situation.

As for the results, we're told they will be released at the discretion of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ... and no time table has been set. 

Yasiel Puig Clubbin' In Hollywood ... After Dodgers Clinch

9/26/2016 5:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

#PuigLikeToParty

Hours after the Dodgers clinched the NL West in dramatic fashion, Yasiel Puig celebrated by hitting the Hollywood club scene and partying until 2 in the morning. 

TMZ Sports has footage of Puig and his party crew -- dressed in Dodgers gear -- leaving Hyde around 2:30 AM with some hot chicks.

Earlier in the day, Puig went 1-3 with an RBI in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Rockies ... a victory that was sealed by a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Puig's partied during the season in the past -- but Magic Johnson has made it clear, he doesn't care how the guys blow off steam ... as long as they win. 

Tommy Lasorda Check Out My Birthday Suit ... Dodger Jersey-Lined Blazer

9/24/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923-tommy-lasorda-custom-blazer-01Tommy Lasorda turned 89 years old this week, but his love for the L.A. Dodgers is as strong as ever ... 'cause the legendary HOFer just got a custom Dodger jersey-themed blazer for his birthday.

The custom blazer was designed and handmade by David Heil, CEO of David August clothing. It took over 40 HOURS to complete ... and is made of the finest material (super 170's wool/silk and navy twill).

Heil added the numbers 27 (for Lasorda's birth year, 1927) and 67 to represent the total years he's spent with the Dodgers organization.

FYI -- David August makes custom clothes for stars like Conor McGregorMichael Strahan, and Kobe Bryant. The company wouldn't say how much Lasorda's blazer cost ... but McGregor's suits run up to $10k.

Lookin' good, Tommy!

Mariners Catcher Steve Clevenger Suspended For Season Over Racially Insensitive Tweets

9/23/2016 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0923-steve-clevenger-gettySeattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been SUSPENDED for the rest of the MLB season -- without pay -- for a series of racially insensitive tweets.

The team released a statement announcing the suspension, saying, "as soon as we became aware of the tweet posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team."

The decision? Send him home for the last 10 games of the year.

In case ya missed it, Clevenger went on an offensive Twitter rant Thursday ... attacking everyone from the Black Lives Matter movement to President Obama.

Now, since he ain't playin' baseball ... Clevenger has until spring training to contemplate deactivating his Twitter account.

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Tim Tebow 1st Day At Mets Camp ... Wearing #15 Jersey

9/19/2016 7:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0919-tim-tebow-first-day-mets-TWITTER-01Here it is -- your first shot of Tim Tebow in a real NY Mets jersey ... sporting his old football jersey number as he made his debut at The Fall Instructional League in Florida. 

The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback arrived to the NY Mets minor league facility in Port St. Lucie -- where his MLB journey will begin. 

Tebow got a $100,000 signing bonus as part of his contract with the team. Now, it's time to see if he can actually play.

Good luck.

S.F. Giants Rookies Cross-Dressing Hazing Hit the Club Dressed as Girls

9/19/2016 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here we go again ... another MLB club hazing the rookies by making them hit an L.A. nightclub dressed as women. This time, it's the San Francisco Giants

TMZ Sports has footage of rookie pitchers Derek Law and Albert Suarez at Hyde on the Sunset Strip -- in backless dresses with wigs. 

The guys seemed to have fun doing it ... but the cross-dressing hazing has been under fire from certain LGBT orgs for a while which say the practice sends a dangerous message to kids. 

In the past, everyone from the Oakland As to the Miami Marlins have taken part in cross-dressing hazing. 

FYI, the NY Mets found a different way to haze their rookies last year -- sending them out dressed as male superheroes in full costume. 

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Goose Gossage I Still Kinda Hate Bryce Harper ... But No Lie, Kid Can Play

9/17/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Goose Gossage still really, really, really doesn't like Bryce Harper and thinks he's a "punk" ... but good news, Bryce ... Gossage doesn't hate you as much as he did back in March!

If you remember ... Goosage threw all kinds of shade on Harper a few months back ... calling him a "fool" and claiming Bryce has no respect for the game.

So, when we ran into the Yankees legend out in NYC ... we wanted to know if he's cooled on Harper ... and could maybe one day see a future with the Nats star in pinstripes.

Answer ... maybe? Gossage semi-unloads on Harper, calling him a "punk" ... but has to admit, the kid's got skills on the baseball diamond.

See ... time does heal some wounds ... kinda.

Carlos Boozer To MLB Star Learn From My Mistake ... Ditch The Hair Dye, Dude

9/11/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Carlos Boozer has a message for MLB star Carlos Beltran ... BACK AWAY FROM THE HAIR DYE ... saying Boozer's own hair horror story should be a cautionary tale for the Rangers star.

Beltran has been getting KILLED on social media for his new 'do ... which looks -- with all due respect, Carlos -- super damn weird ... like the man painted hair on a bald head.

It's not the first time we've seen it ... Carlos Boozer rocked the same style back in the day and was similarly roasted ... explaining later to Colin Cowherd it was a hairdresser's decision gone bad.

Check out the clip ... and Beltran, please, take the help.

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