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Roy Halladay Makes Hall of Fame Ballot ... 1 Year After Death

11/19/2018 9:53 AM PST
Breaking News

No surprise here ... but Roy Halladay has officially been placed on the ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame ... 1 year after his tragic death in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico. 

Halladay's nomination was NOT advanced due to his death -- he last pitched in 2013, satisfying the usual 5-year waiting period. 

Most experts agree Halladay is a 1st ballot lock -- since he was an 8-time All-Star and won 2 Cy Young Awards during his 15-year MLB career.  

In 2010, Halladay famously threw the 2nd no-hitter in MLB postseason history -- when the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. 

Halladay died on Nov. 7, 2017 while piloting a new ICON A5 single passenger amphibious plane over the Gulf of Mexico. 

Witnesses had said Halladay was flying dangerously and lost control of the plane -- which eventually plunged into the water. 

Halladay was 40-years-old. 

Other big names on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot include Mariano Rivera, Todd Helton and Andy Pettitte

Pettitte could be an interesting one to watch considering he admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his MLB career. 

The results of the HOF voting will be announced in January. 

Derek Jeter Parties In Miami New Marlins Logo Celebration!

11/16/2018 8:24 AM PST
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New logo means big turn up ... 'cause Derek Jeter partied at one of Miami's newest hot spots to celebrate the unveiling of the Marlins' new duds Thursday night!!

D.J.'s been makin' an effort to wash the stench of losing off the Marlins since he took over the team last year ... trading star players, punting their ugly center field statue and now changing their look.

To celebrate ... Jeter grabbed (a very pregnant) Hannah Jeter and hit David Grutman's Bar Bevy for a little turn-up.

Ex-Yankees star Jorge Posada and current Miami baller Lewis Brinson were also there ... and Jeter -- who was also celebrating being Ocean Drive Magazine's new cover boy -- seemed to love it all.

In fact ... Jeter proclaimed this is the start of a new era in Miami, saying, "We have a new group that's in town. We want this to represent a new beginning."

Soo ... how'd he do with the new unis??

Hate 'em? Well, here's something you'll definitely love ...

Matt Damon Shows Love To Mookie Betts ... MVP Well Deserved!

11/16/2018 7:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sorry, Mike Trout ... Matt Damon says voters got it right -- Mookie Betts WAS the AL MVP!!!

"That's great," Matt says ... "Good for him. He deserves it!"

Of course ... Mookie went head-to-head with Trout and the Indians' Jose Ramirez for the award -- but dominated the voting thoroughly, winning in a near-unanimous decision.

Damon tells TMZ Sports that's the way it shoulda been ... and he ain't wrong -- Betts batted .346 this season with 32 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

BTW ... it's not like Mookie was in much need of the confidence booster -- dude just won the World Series, had a new baby girl AND nabbed a Silver Slugger Award last week.

Best month ever ... or best month ever?!

Bryce Harper No Decision Yet NYC & Chi Have Food Edge

11/15/2018 8:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

If Bryce Harper's stomach is making the call ... the Cubs, White Sox, Mets and Yankees have a CLEAR advantage in signing him, 'cause he says NYC and Chicago have the best food.

In case you've been living under a rock ... Harper is poised to sign the richest free-agent deal OF ALL TIME -- some say up to $400 million -- but he's given no clear indication on where he's going.

We got Harper Thursday night at LAX ... and threw some questions out at him trying to crack the case, and while he was noncommittal on some, when it came to FOOD he definitely has some cities in mind.

"Favorite food? Probably Chicago. They got great food. I like this place called Steak 48, it's really good. Deep dish of course. Anywhere in New York of course you know you can always go out there and eat good food. That's huge for us."

We should also say ... while there are two teams in NY, Bryce complimented our camera guy's Mets cap and gave props to Jacob deGrom winning the Cy Young Award.

FYI -- Word on the street is that the Philadelphia Phillies are in the driver's seat to get Harper, but we didn't hear him mention Cheesesteaks anywhere in this entire clip.

Sorry, Philly fans.

Brewers' Josh Hader Busts Out Of Slump ... I'm Engaged!

11/15/2018 7:05 AM PST
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Josh Hader's rough past few months just got a whole lot better ... the Brewers pitcher proposed to his longtime GF -- and she said yes!!

The 24-year-old flame-throwing reliever came under fire back in July when racist and homophobic tweets from 7 years ago surfaced ... forcing the MLB All-Star to apologize vehemently.

Things didn't get much better for the Milwaukee lefty in the fall ... 'cause his team got bounced in Game 7 of the ALCS by the Dodgers.

But ... finally, Hader got some good news Wednesday -- Maria Macias agreed to marry him!!

"Today I asked the woman of my dreams to marry me!" Josh said ... "She said yes!"

The two met when Josh was playing for the Astros' minor league team, The Hooks, three years ago ... and Maria worked for the team in marketing.

Maria says (ironically enough) it was a successful Twitter DM slide that started it all.

BTW ... the two just got an adorable puppy together a few days ago -- proving Hader's 2019 is looking a helluva lot brighter than this past year.

A-Rod Lists Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad ... After Condo Buy w/ J Lo

11/12/2018 1:24 PM PST

Alex Rodriguez is shedding one of the last remnants of his bachelor life now that he's shacking up with Jennifer Lopez in NYC.

A-Rod's listed his Hollywood Hills spread for a cool $6.5 million after buying it from Meryl Streep in 2014 for $4.8 mil. It's a beaut too -- the two-story architectural wonder features a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, a chef's kitchen and a courtyard-style backyard with a pool and spa.

The property is known as the Honnold & Rex Research House, as it was built in the '50s as part of an architectural research program that encouraged inventive designs. Translation: It's pretty unique and cool-looking. 

Luckily for the ex-MLB star, he's got a sweet new pad with his bae in Manhattan -- a swanky high-rise condo they swooped up earlier this year for a little over $15 mil.

Nothing says "it's serious" like real estate commitments.

Nationals' Trea Turner Marries Hot Gymnast Star ... In D.C. Wedding

11/12/2018 8:10 AM PST
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Nationals superstar Trea Turner's offseason is already off to a great start ... dude just tied the knot with his smokin' hot ex-gymnast star fiancee!!!

The 25-year-old shortstop met Kristen Harabedian at NC State years ago ... when he was tearin' up the baseball diamond and she was killin' it on the mat.

The two dated forever ... but decided to make things offish on Saturday ... with a dope wedding at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C.

A bunch of Trea's Nats teammates were reportedly there ... including Bryce Harper!!!

The icing on the cake to the whole weekend? Turner just found out he made the MLB's Super Two cutoff -- which means he's all set for a raise of nearly $5 MILLION next season!!!

Congrats!!

Justin Turner's Wife My Dog Was Murdered

11/12/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The wife of L.A. Dodgers star Justin Turner claims her beloved miniature pinscher was savagely murdered by a neighbor's German shepherd ... and now she's suing the guy for letting it happen. 

Kourtney Turner -- aka Kourtney Pogue -- claims her pet, Dior, was chillin' at her L.A. home on Nov. 7, 2016, when a "vicious and aggressive" dog named Sonny got onto the property and attacked. 

Kourtney claims the dog's owner knew Sonny got violent with other dogs -- and when he went after Dior, the man did nothing to stop it. 

In the lawsuit, Kourtney claims she was too paralyzed by fear to jump in and save her 11-year-old pet ... and by the time the mauling was over, Dior had suffered fatal injuries. 

Kourtney is not only suing for vet bills and other costs associated with Dior's death -- she also wants damages for pain and suffering, claiming she "relied upon the emotional support of Dior for her well-being."

After Dior passed away, Kourtney posted an emotional tribute to her friend ... saying, "Eleven years wasn't long enough, and to be honest, forever wouldn't have been either."

She added, "You taught me unconditional love & we will never ever forget you."

Kourtney now has a new dog, Moonshine -- who was born 1 month after Dior's passing. 

RIP 

Billy Corben to A-Rod You Ain't Gonna Like My New Movie ... About You!

11/10/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Billy Corben -- the acclaimed director behind "Cocaine Cowboys" and "The U" -- is about to debut his new film about Alex Rodriguez ... and warns the MLB star he ain't gonna like it. 

The movie is called "Screwball" -- a no-holds-barred look at Alex's role in the Biogenesis scandal, when several players were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs. 

A-Rod was banned for the entire 2014 season after an MLB investigation. 

Corben tells TMZ Sports he's spent years working on the documentary -- and was actually contacted by Alex at one point in the process. 

But, A-Rod allegedly wanted Corben to only tell his side of the story and things just didn't work out. 

"He pitched us the idea," Corben said ... "But, then kind of ghosted us over the course of 2014, and then he realized he didn't have to tell anybody anything."

The movie is loaded with shocking claims and stories that Corben insists are 100% true. 

Gotta think A-Rod will have a bone to pick with some of it -- but we'll see how this whole thing plays out. 

And, if you think Corben is the kind of guy who runs from controversy, you're clearly not familiar with his work. 

Mookie Betts Best Two Weeks Ever ... I'm a New Dad!

11/7/2018 6:22 AM PST
Breaking News

The celebration for Mookie Betts might never stop ... 'cause on top of winning the World Series two weeks ago -- the Red Sox superstar just welcomed a baby girl into the world!!

The outfielder posted Tuesday he and his longtime girlfriend, Brianna Hammonds, had their first child together ... and said he couldn't be more pumped about it.

"Never knew what unconditional love meant or how it felt until I met this little princess," Betts wrote.

"Nov 6th 2018 is a day I’ll never forget❤️"

It's been a helluva past few days for Betts ... who won a 'ship on Oct. 28, celebrated like crazy at nightclubs, had an epic parade around Boston -- AND partied with Tom Brady and the Pats last weekend.

Things might still be gettin' better for Mookie too ... he's expected to be named AL MVP next week!!

Congrats!!

Jon Stewart Mets Won't Sign Bryce Harper ... 'Cause We Suck!

11/5/2018 4:00 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jon Stewart REALLY wants the Mets to be good -- and REALLY wants 'em to sign Bryce Harper -- but he's also been around long enough to know they'll bungle it. 

"There's no way Bryce Harper is coming to the Mets," Stewart told us in NYC ... "It's not possible!"

Harper is reportedly looking for a MASSIVE new contract (some say $400 MIL) with his eye on several teams. But Stewart says fellow Mets fans shouldn't hold their breath. 

"I'm sure they just signed a 14-year-old they're sure is going to be the next Bryce Harper," Stewart says ... "but is gonna turn out to be just another asthmatic with a bat."

Jon is one of New York's most famous die-hards ... but back-to-back seasons of fewer than 80 wins have him feelin' pretty down on the Mets these days.

Still, Jon says he's holding out a scintilla of hope ... because a strong left-handed batter would be DOPE!

But let's face it, Jon's instincts are usually right ... 

Bryce Harper Wife's Birthday Gift ... THE BACKSTREET BOYS!

11/5/2018 9:09 AM PST
Breaking News

When you're about to get one of the richest contracts in sports history ... what do you get your wife for her birthday?

Bryce Harper got his wife THE BACKSTREET BOYS!!

The MLB superstar took his wife to see the guys at Planet Hollywood in Vegas over the weekend -- and not only got her backstage for a meet and greet ... but, had the guys take her on stage for a 5-on-1 serenade!

Check out the video as Kayla Harper gets a flower and a special rendition of "Shape of My Heart" from AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian

After the show, Kayla wrote, "My 9 year old self lost her mind last night. Bryce has been surprising me with little gifts all week and one of them happened to be a black dress that he said I needed for Sat night."

"He let me know at dinner that he was taking me to see the Backstreet Boys... little did I know, the biggest surprise of them all was meeting them & then having them pull me onstage to be serenaded."

So, how much did it cost? Doesn't matter to Bryce -- who's expected to sign a contract that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars!

Tom Brady Celebrates World Series Win With Sox ... Selfie Time!

11/5/2018 8:03 AM PST
Breaking News

The Red Sox kept their World Series party rollin' Sunday with some dudes that are pretty familiar with winning championships -- Tom Brady and Bill Belichick!!!

Alex Cora, J.D. Martinez and the boys hit Gillette Stadium before the Pats beat down the Packers ... showing off their new 'ship to The Goat, The Hoodie and the 65,878 fans in attendance.

Bill held the trophy ... J.D. got the crowd fired up ... Cora got a selfie in with Tom. Good times were had by all (sorry, Aaron Rodgers).

The Sox won the Series two weekends ago ... and have hardly come up for air since -- dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars at clubs and tearing up the streets of Boston on parade day.

Speaking of that ... remember how the trophy took a beating from a rogue beer can out there? Thing looks all good now!

Boston just can't lose!

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