Painting the Black

Baseball History and Everything In Between


Bonds & Bond Investing

Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected from the Giants-Marlins game yesterday for arguing balls and strikes.  As someone on Twitter pointed out, if anyone knows the strike zone; it’s Barry Bonds



Prince Fielder: “I can’t play Major League Baseball anymore”

Prince Fielder walked away from the game of baseball today, multiple neck surgeries have made him unable to play the game anymore.

“I thought I was just gonna cry in the car,” Fielder said.

He was wrong, understandably the game means a lot to him, growing up around clubhouses with his father Cecil Fielder.


Joe Giradi Is The Only One Who Doesn’t Want ARod To Play

Joe Giradi sat Alex Rodriguez before the game yesterday his reasoning being that

“we’re trying to win games”

A-Rod, who is in the middle of his retirement week, even got support from the Red Sox Fans who cheered

“We Want A-Rod”

“I came to the stadium really excited, hoping I would play all three games or maybe two out of three.” A-Rod said before the game.

The only person who wants to rob A-Rod right now is Joe Girardi, who to no surprise can’t let the embattled shortstop go into the sunset without some sort of controversy.


A-Rod will get at least one appearance in his final game

Couldn’t have said it better

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 29: Carlos Gomez #30 of the Houston Astros reacts while running to first base after hitting the ball and driving in a run in the 9th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 29, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

A Former All-Star Available for Less Than the League Minimum

In a pretty shocking move, the Astros have DFA’d Carlos Gomez per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle.

Gomez has been .210/.272/.322 with five home runs and 29 RBI in 323 plate appearances on the season, which is a rough season for the former all-star.

If the Astros don’t find a trading partner to move Gomez, they’ll be able to release him or outright him to the minor leagues in 10 days. Given that he’s a former all-star, there’s going to be a team out there that takes a shot on him.

Milwaukee Brewers 1990-1993 Jersey Logo Iron On Stickers

A Spew of Articles

It’s Wednesday and I have been pretty busy over at Reviewing the Brew.  So here’s a list of articles since I lasted posted an update.


To Be or Not To Be

The Dodgers have pulled all merchandise from their online shop, but it’s still all on

The never ending saga of Yasiel Puig, including his most recent gaffe. Puig is no doubt polarizing on and off the field, it seems though that the Dodgers have had it with his antics.


Go Big or Go Home

Taking that saying quite literally Tommy La Stella, went home to New Jersey rather than accepting an assignment from the Chicago Cubs.

“That would have been it,” he said. “I’m not going to go play for someone else. That’s not something I have any interest in doing. I’m here for a reason. This is where I want to be…I’m just waiting to hear back from the team and keeping up with all the workouts and training and hitting.”

La Stella only wants to play for the Cubs, refusing to be traded away or accept an assignment. Go big or go home as they say.


Conversations of Our Past Time: Any Given Sunday

As I love baseball history, and I am a member of SABR , each week I write a post dedicated to a part of baseball history. Some of you may enjoy these, and some may not. These articles are mostly for my enjoyment. Today the time in history when Sunday Baseball was illegal

While looking through the Sporting Life historical archives, I happened upon the following article:

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And I found it interesting that there was a time when baseball was illegal on Sunday. After all, Sunday night baseball has been a staple throughout the baseball season. Both in the majors and minors.

But, then a google image search, (I was looking for a good cover photo for this piece), brings up this image:


In the state of Ohio, Sunday Baseball was regarded as illegal until 1911, while it was outlawed in Nebraska until 1913. It was one of the many “blue laws” which various States held.

Most people think Sunday liquor laws when they hear “blue laws”,  Nebraska had a  pretty generic blue law itself:

“If any person of the age of fourteen years or upward shall be found on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, sporting, rioting, quarreling, hunting, fishing, or shooting he or she shall be fined in a sum not exceeding twenty dollars or be confined in the county jail for a term not exceeding twenty days or both at the discretion of the court.”

The Ohio-Penn League was one of many minor league teams throughout the United States in the early 1900s.

But, it seems that during the early part of the 20th century, the outlawing of Baseball was (for the most part) the result of influence from religious leaders. Players who still wanted to play, would play anyway and then church leaders ensured that the police enforced the law:

“The police would show up.  People would be arrested,” Esser said. Oftentimes players would appear before the local judge pay the ten or twenty dollar fine, and return to play the following week.  (The fines were a minor inconvenience compared to the punishment recommended in Exodus 31:15.  “Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death.”)

Even the supreme court found themselves in the Sunday Baseball Debate:

In ruling on State v. O’Rourk, Chief Justice Maxwell wrote: “As a Christian people, desiring to preserve (their liberty) the State has enacted certain statutes, which recognize the fourth commandment and the Christian religion and the binding force of the teachings of the Saviour (sic). Among these is the statute which prohibits sporting (and) hunting.”

It wasn’t until (in the case of Nebraska) town after the town began dropping the Sunday baseball ban, which states would lift their bans.
After all, if you aren’t going to church on Sunday:

“I guess if you are not going to be in church there is not a better place to be than at a baseball game”

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 4:  Protestors voice their opinion about Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field prior to the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins on April 4, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Tale of Two Cities

Despite adopting the block C as their primary logo back in the spring, the Cleveland Indians don’t plan on getting rid of Chief Wahoo anytime soon.

This, despite the widespread criticism that comes from keeping Cheif Wahoo

“It really is just a blatant racial caricature,” said Houska, who lives in the District.

The Indians, it seems as stubborn as the Washington Redskins in keeping their logo despite the ongoing pressure to separate the distance between them and Cheif Wahoo.


The Prince of MoTown

Per ESPN’s Ken Rosenthal, Prince Fielder is set to retire this Wednesday in a press conference

But, it’s not without as controversy, as Fielder isn’t cleared to play medically and thus will get all his money.

Another noteworthy tidbit:

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