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Monday, June 16, 2014

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54

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Former San Diego Padres Tony Gwynn died early Monday at the age of 54, according to Major League Baseball. Gwynn, who was the San Diego State University baseball coach, was placed on medical leave back in March while recovering from on going cancer treatment. Gwynn had been battling salivary cancer since 2010; having two operations for cancer in his cheek August 2010 and February 2012.

The fifteen time all-star will forever be Mr. Padre owning the national league in hitting as he won eight national league batting titles with a lifetime batting average of .338 during his 20-year career with the San Diego Padres. He finished with 3,141 hits placing him 18th all-time. Gwynn was known as one of the purest hitters of all-time only striking out 434 times in 20 seasons. He also won 5 gold gloves in his major league career.
Gwynn was inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2007 alongside Cal Ripken Jr receiving 97.6% of the votes.
"This is an extraordinarily sad day," Ripken Jr. said in a statement. "Tony was a Hall of Fame ballplayer but more importantly he was a wonderful man. Tony always had a big smile on his face and was one of the warmest and most genuine people I have ever had the honor of knowing. Like all baseball fans I will miss him very much and my thoughts are with his family today."
The sporting world has lost one of the sweetest man ever, no one love talking baseball, the art of hitting more than Tony Gwynn, he will be sorely missed.

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