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MLB's Bryce Harper Sick July 4th Cleats ... Most Patriotic Kicks Ever??

7/1/2016 11:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0701-bryce-harper-cleats-custom-TMZ-SPORTS-01Pretty awesome move from MLB superstar Bryce Harper -- who's honoring July 4th with some custom cleats paying tribute to ALL 5 BRANCHES of the U.S. military. 

The Washington Nationals superstar hooked up with sneaker customizer Dez Customz and Kreative Customs and gave them the following marching orders -- gimme something that celebrates America! 

The guys grabbed a pair of Bryce's signature Under Armour cleats, the Harper Ones, and spruced 'em up with the logos of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. 

We're told the guys spent 30 hours on the cleats -- and check 'em out, they look great!  

Under Armour told the artists Bryce will rock the cleats during his July 4th game against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

#USA

MLB Great David Wells The Bat Flip Is BS I'd Drill Players Who Did It!!

6/27/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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All you crazy bat-flipping home run hitters should thank your lucky stars you weren't born a couple years earlier ... 'cause retired MLB stud pitcher David Wells says if you did it to him ... you'd wear baseball.

We got Wells at the Hank's Yanks Golf Classic in NYC and asked him about the recent trend of the bat flip -- hitters showing up pitchers with aggressive lumber tossing after they go yard.

The main culprit is, of course, Toronto's Jose Bautista ... whose bat flip in game 5 of last year's ALDS has been called -- rightfully so -- "the most ostentatious bat flip of all time."

Check out the clip -- Wells says he would've given Jose a rawhide makeover his next time at bat ... 'cause in DW's opinion, flipping your hickory is just too damn disrespectful.

It's okay guys ... he's retired ... you can flip in peace. 

EX-WWE Scott Steiner Clotheslines Pierogi ... At MLB Game

6/23/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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062316_steiner_primaryBig Poppa Pump painfully pummeled a pierogi in Pittsburgh ... POW! 

It all went down at the Pirates game ... ex-WWE superstar Scott Steiner was standing near the finish line of the pierogi race ... when he delivered a ferocious clothesline to the dashing dumpling. 

Once a heel ...  

[H/T ProWrestlingSheet]

Draymond Green Declines Invite to Throw 1st Pitch at A's Game

6/13/2016 11:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0613-draymond-green-oakland-as-golden-state-warriors-TMZ-01Draymond Green was asked to throw out the first pitch at Monday's Oakland A's game -- but respectfully declined ... this according to a rep for the A's. 

With the Golden State Warriors star serving a 1 game suspension -- and unable to be in the arena for Game 5 of the NBA Finals -- Green said he would be attending the A's game, located right next to Oracle Arena. 

TMZ Sports spoke with A's Director of Corporate Communications, Catherine Aker, who confirmed Green will be in the stadium ... but doesn't want to make a spectacle. 

"We extended an invitation to Draymond to throw out the first pitch and he declined. He would prefer to keep a low profile while at our game."

Green will reportedly be allowed inside the arena to celebrate with his team if they win -- and it just so happens there is a tunnel which connects the Oakland Coliseum to Oracle Arena.

MLB's Rougned Odor Mocks Jose Bautista Fight ... While Serving Suspension!

6/2/2016 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0602-Dirk-Nowitzki-twitterThis is pretty funny ... unless you're Jose Bautista

MLB star Rougned Odor hit up the Dallas Mavericks practice facility ... and completely mocked the instantly-legendary K.O. moment with Bautista -- using Dirk Nowitzki as his punching bag. 

Clearly, the fight is the most memorable thing Odor has ever done ... but it's interesting that he's already making light of it while STILL SERVING HIS SUSPENSION for the May 15th fight! 

Chandler Parsons also joined in on the Odor fun ... posting a pic and captioning it, "Our new team security."

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Detroit Tigers Pitcher I Contracted Zika Virus ... It Sucked

6/1/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0601-Francisco-Rodriguez-GETTY-01Forget the Olympics, the Zika virus has already infiltrated MLB -- with Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez saying he contracted the virus in Venezuela during the offseason. 

The 34-year-old revealed his health status to ESPN -- saying his symptoms started off almost like a common cold ... but quickly escalated.

"It wasn't a cold. A cold, you have a sneeze, have a headache, take a couple Tylenol and you're done. You don't have a cold for two weeks, you don't have a bodyache for two weeks, you don't have headaches, throwing up, weaknesses for two weeks."

Rodriguez says he was bedridden for 2 weeks while he fought off the mosquito-borne virus -- which some experts say can cause severe birth defects and neurological issues in adults.

He also says it took him roughly 2 months before he started to feel normal again -- and notes that he was never considered contagious. 

As for Olympic athletes worried about catching Zika in Brazil -- Rodriguez says the concern is real.

"If they have plans to have kids in the future, you've got to think about it. You have to be aware of that as well. You have to do some homework, some research about it."

Yasiel Puig Finds Mini-Puig at Statue of Liberty

5/27/2016 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0527-yasiel-puig-statue-of-liberty-TWITTER-01Here's Yasiel Puig starting off his Memorial Day weekend at one of the most patriotic places in the country ... the Statue of Liberty ... where he ran into one of his littlest fans! 

The Cuban-born Dodgers star was heading over to Liberty Island (he's in town to play the Mets) when he saw a kid in a Puig #66 shirt and had to stop and take a picture. 

"I come to the Statue of Liberty and find a little 66 fan thanks bro #dodgersfan #NYC."'

Cute, right? 

Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! 

Vin Scully On All-Star Game 'Just Didn't Want to Do It'

5/27/2016 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has a very simple explanation about why he passed on calling the All-Star game in San Diego in July ... telling TMZ Sports, "I just didn't want to." 

It's as simple as that.

Scully was reportedly approached by a Fox Sports executive recently and essentially offered anything he wanted to make it happen -- whether it was calling the whole game, 1 inning or just being a guest in the booth. But Vin respectfully declined the invitation. 

So, when we saw him out in Bev Hills Thursday, we asked him about it. 

FYI, Vin's been calling Dodgers games for 67 seasons -- he can do whatever he wants.

 

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."

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