Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez dies in boating accident

Like many of you, I woke up this morning with the news that the Marlins pitching ace, Jose Fernandez tragically died in a boating accident last night.  I’m not using the label “ace” lightly here.  Fernandez was a bright star with not only filthy and devastating pitches, but the ability to use his stuff to shut down other teams consistently.  At the age of 24, he was on a sure path to be one of the greats.  Keep in mind, he was a Cuban defector.  He snuck out of Cuba on a boat to Mexico, and hid from the law to make his way to America.

I spent some time today to make a tribute to this all star who’s life was much too short.

RIP Jose Fernandez Marlins

If you have any doubt how much Jose Fernandez loved this game check this out.



For The Love Of The Game: Mariners Belle at Disneyland

For The Love Of The Game: Mariners Belle at Disneyland

Giving has always been part of me.  And so the #BallparkPrincess project has grown into a way to reach out, share our mutual love for baseball and our mutual love for one another.  I give away a lot of art, publicly on social media and privately to people I meet along my sports journey.  I wanted to highlight this one giveaway that I did last week which was unique.

Meet Sienna.

Sienna is a 12-year old from Seattle and she just found out that her leukemia has relapsed and will have to go through cancer treatment for a second time.  Before she starts her medical fight again, the folks at Baseball and Bubblegum, a private “Make a Wish” organization, arranged for Sienna to do her two favorite things… baseball and Disney.  They started the trip on the field at Safeco, and moved the vacation to Anaheim where they spend a couple days in Disneyland.  Kelly, the wish organizer reached out to me for a commission to commemorate her experience.  It was a moved by her story and instead of a commission fee, I agreed to draw this piece for her so long as I can meet Sienna at Disneyland and present the art in person.

I have to say, I almost get more joy from giving my art then the person receiving it.  It fills my heart knowing that someone else’s life has been impacted, even in a little way, with my artwork.

Sienna is now back in Seattle, and back to fighting for her life.

If you want to follow Sienna on her journey you can catch her on facebook or twitter.  Feel free to leave her a good luck wish!

To find out more about Baseball and Bubblegum you can contact Kelly and Logan on instagram and twitter.

Minimalist Vin Scully Art Print

Minimalist Vin Scully Art Print

Vin Scully is retiring.

Yes, it’s the statement we know was coming, but it’s hard to accept.  In sports, we talk about legends and icons and we use those labels sparingly.  These titles are reserved for those that display longevity, consistency and play the game honorably.  We appreciate people in sports that stay with their team for their entire career and with the play on and off the field, they represent a better side.

Vin Scully is is a legend and an icon.

Scully has been the voice of the Dodgers for longer than most of us have been alive. He started his Dodgers broadcast career in Ebbets Field when the Dodgers were still the Brooklyn Dodgers. So his voice has been the Dodgers bridge between Jackie Robinson to Clayton Kershaw.  His voice is the witness of:

6 Dodgers World Series
9 Dodger MVP awards
12 Dodger Cy Youngs

We salute your career, Vin.  Thank you for making baseball great.

Prints available here.

Color Swatch Baseball.  Help needed!

Color Swatch Baseball. Help needed!

Remember the those color swatch prints I created earlier this year?  I’ve done a lot of work with the MLB on trying to get them licensed and released but I hit some hurdles and I’ll need you help!

I was told that I require an MLBPA license to publish this artwork for any current players, and for any retired player, I need to individually negotiate a license agreement with each person.  That’s way too much work and time for this guy.  After pouting for hours (actually days) (actually weeks) (in fact it was months), I decided to drop the player names from the design and use descriptions that don’t require licensing.  For example… For the Minnesota Twins, I will use Baggy Blue.  Or for the Red Sox, I’ll use Yawkey Red.   You get the drift!  I’m picking words that are synonymous with the team.  Since collectively, you know your team better than me, I need suggestions!  Choose one color.  Choose a team.  Choose all the teams.  Send in your submissions what you think is the best color description!

What the heck… for every submission you make you’ll be entered into a draw for any 11×17 poster in my collection.  That means 60 color name suggestions means 60 suggestions.  Please write your suggestions in the comments below or email me a list at  Here’s the list of teams and colors I’m looking for:

Arizona Diamondbacks
________ Red       _______ Sand

Atlanta Braves
________ Navy       _______ Blue

Baltimore Orioles
________ Black       _______ Orange

Boston Red Sox
________ Red       _______ Navy

Chicago Cubs
________ Red       _______ Blue

Cincinnati Reds
________ Red       _______ Black

Cleveland Indians
________ Red       _______ Navy

Colorado Rockies
________ Black       _______ Purple

Chicago White Sox
________ Black       _______ Silver

Detroit Tigers
________ Navy       _______ Orange

Kansas City Royals
________ Blue       _______ Gold

Los Angeles Angels
________ Red       _______ Dark Red

Houston Astros
________ Blue       _______ Orange

Los Angeles Dodgers
________ Blue       _______ red

Miami Marlins
________ Orange       _______ Blue

Milwaukee Brewers
________ Blue       _______ Gold

Minnesota Twins
________ Red       _______ Blue

New York Mets
________ Blue       _______ Orange

New York Yankees
________ Blue       _______ Gray

Philadelphia Phillies
________ Red       _______ Blue

Pittsburgh Pirates
________ Black       _______ Gold

Oakland Athletics
________ Red       _______ Gold

St. Louis Cardinals
________ Red       _______ Yellow

Seattle Mariners
________ Blue       _______ Green

San Diego Padres
________ Blue       _______ Gold

San Francisco Giants
________ Orange       _______ Black

Tampa Bay Rays
________ Blue       _______ Light Blue

Texas Rangers
________ Blue       _______ Red

Toronto Blue Jays
________ Blue       _______ Navy

Washington Nationals
________ Red       _______ Blue

*** Optional **** send submissions for your favorite College NBA, NHL or NFL team too.  (These will not count as submission entries but would be cool to know your ideas)

REMEMBER!  No player names (or nicknames).

From Walls to the Hall: A Minimalist Masterpiece

From Walls to the Hall: A Minimalist Masterpiece

(Originally written by TED SCHWERZLER and published May 31, 2016 on his blog OFF THE BAGGY)

Artwork has a way of inserting itself into pop culture, mainstream media, and especially sports. While there’s an abundance of offerings in the world of art, it’s the pieces in which we truly connect with that not only bring the work, but also the artist to life. There’s been few people I’ve ever come across who embody these notions more than S. Preston, maybe better known as @PootPoot, or the Minimalist Stadium Guy.

Preston’s artwork first caught my eye near the entrance to the Metropolitan Club at the newly built Target Field. His Minimalist Stadium series was an undertaking that was so flawlessly executed, it’s perfection was displayed in its simplicity. With displays throughout a host of Major League Baseball stadiums, Preston’s art has been handed imparted to the masses.

As his popularity has grown, so have his offerings. What started out with stadiums, has now grown to Disney Ballpark Princesses, as well as Minimalist Mascots. The way in which he’s been able to connect with fans, through his art, really continues to grow. What’s most impressive however, is that it’s that connection that has taken things to an entirely new level, even more so than the art itself.

Despite being far from a goal when starting out his Minimalist Ballpark venture, S. Preston has reached the ultimate pinnacle in baseball circles. He, and well maybe more correctly put, his art, are now members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


To understand how he got there however, you must first understand where he’s been. Despite being a native Canadian, and now residing in California, Preston’s tale begins in Minnesota. Having just been licensed by Major League Baseball, he displayed his Minimalist Ballpark collection at the All Star Game held at Target Field in 2014, and was met by people from all walks of life. Of those attending the show, a group from the Hall of Fame ran into him as well. In talking and understanding his work, those from the committee saw that Preston was as much about the work itself, as he was the connection to the great game of baseball that it provided. The groundwork had been laid.

As time went on, Preston continued to do exactly what he set out to do, use art as a medium to connect with baseball fans. It is in this practice that he’s set himself apart and made buying and owning his art as much about the product, as it is about the person. He’s social media savvy, connecting with fans throughout the Twitterverse. He uses his Ballpark Princesses as giveaways while at games. He’s even made getting mascots behind the minimalist versions of themselves a serious goal. In short, Chuhon sees his art as part of a larger story that he’s telling.

Based on that reality, the Baseball Hall of Fame seems to see the bigger picture as well. Calling up S. Preston shortly after his display at TwinsFest last winter (and imagine the level of excitement he had on that call, he tells the story with such exuberance), it was deemed that his artwork embodied significant parts of baseball history. The Hall of Fame had decided that Preston’s Minimalist Ballpark collection needed to be included among the very few pieces of art that the museum now owns. He, err his work, was going into the Hall.

Throughout talks with the Hall of Fame, it was determined that the four oldest Major League Baseball stadiums would be the best pieces to welcome into the archives. Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodgers Stadium, and Kauffman Stadium in all their minimalist glory were now providing Chuhon an avenue to sign H.O.F. behind his name.

Unfortunately, S. Preston won’t be getting a plaque or a bust of himself in Cooperstown any time soon, but his art’s inclusion in the heralded Hall does provide some pretty cool benefits. Not only is he now among the very select few artists that ever see their work get accepted, but he is official a member of the Hall of Fame and it lasts for life. With his lifetime membership, and his work down in the archives, he is also afforded the opportunity to tour the archives, something the general public never sees, at his desire. While on a mission to see his art, the amount of baseball history he walks by and touches along the wall is equally as exciting.

What’s great about where S. Preston and his minimalist style, is that it’s simply a by-product of where he’s come from. A truly genuine person, his path to success is one he should be easily able to continue to replicate. In creating amazing works of art, he’s opened a door. Because of how he uses Twitter and other avenues to connect beyond what’s printed on a piece of paper, he simply can’t be knocked off. As much as you may like his work, you buy equally because of who he is. It was what the Baseball Hall of Fame saw, what I have witnessed, and what you likely have as well.

This chapter is written, and the next one is starting. You can bet @PootPoot will have the next great thing up on his website for purchase soon, and this time, he can sign it “S. Preston H.O.F.”