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Old 06-16-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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Tony Gwynn, who banged out 3,141 hits during a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, has died, it was announced Monday.

The lefty-swinging Gwynn had a career .338 batting average, won eight National League batting titles, and played in the franchise's only two World Series.

He had been signed to a one-year contract extension as the baseball coach at San Diego State on June 11. He had been on medical leave since late March while recovering from cancer treatment. He took over the program at his alma mater after the 2002 season.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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holy crap...RIP
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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Very classy guy on the field. Even though I'm a Dodgers fan, I always respected Gwynn, and feared him every time he came to bat. RIP.
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Could not believe it so I popped on MLB and they are showing Gwynn. I just found out a few weeks ago that he had a stroke last year. One of the best pure hitters in the game. While others were cheating their way to fandom and bloated stats, Gwynn was happy as a fat guy in a non popular market of San Diego. He had his college, San Diego State, name their stadium after him and even coached there after his retirement. 1982 had some young studs coming up in Boggs, Sandburg and Gwynn. Stayed with his hometown team for his entire career. He will be missed.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:47 AM   #6
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RIP Tony Gwynn....that sucks, he was known as being one of the good guys in baseball.

He was always one of my favorite players to watch growing up and I tried to emulate his swing a lot when I was a kid, as we both batted left handed.

George Brett and Tony Gwynn were the two left handed batters whose swings I tried to copy when I was growing up.

I got Tony Gwynn's autograph at a game in Cincinnati in 1986 or 1987 and I'll always remember how many people he signed for before the game and how nice and patient he was to everyone who wanted his autograph. I still have that autograph on the back of my ticket stub from that game.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:58 AM   #8
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Could not believe it so I popped on MLB and they are showing Gwynn. I just found out a few weeks ago that he had a stroke last year. One of the best pure hitters in the game. While others were cheating their way to fandom and bloated stats, Gwynn was happy as a fat guy in a non popular market of San Diego. He had his college, San Diego State, name their stadium after him and even coached there after his retirement. 1982 had some young studs coming up in Boggs, Sandburg and Gwynn. Stayed with his hometown team for his entire career. He will be missed.
yeah, HE was the Padres for a long time.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:28 AM   #9
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Wish there were more Tony Gwynns in sports. He was all class and stayed with San Diego through their ups and downs.
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Very sad... Classy guy and great great hitter.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:54 AM   #11
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Way too young. RIP Tony.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:09 AM   #12
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My favorite baseball player all time. Great guy too. The Padres haven't been the same since he left.

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Old 06-16-2014, 11:35 AM   #13
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So young... very sad to hear.

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Old 06-16-2014, 12:16 PM   #14
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:19 PM   #15
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Wow, Noll, Kasem and Gwynn.
Damn that is one hell of a trio to lose.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:21 PM   #16
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Very sad, I didn't watch a lot of NL baseball but I tried to catch a Padres game every now and then.

Great guy and class act. Way too young to die. RIP
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:22 PM   #17
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From everything that I saw and heard about him, he was a great guy.

54 is too young to pass away. Was this directly related to chewing tobacco? Does baseball need to ban the stuff?
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:30 PM   #18
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From everything that I saw and heard about him, he was a great guy.

54 is too young to pass away. Was this directly related to chewing tobacco? Does baseball need to ban the stuff?
It was mouth cancer, and he chewed for (I think) all of his professional seasons. The NCAA and minor leagues have already outlawed the stuff...
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:43 PM   #19
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This news completely blows. Not very prophetic, I know. This guy was a great hitter and person. Pretty sure he was in on that scene at Fenway a number of years ago when they wheeled out Ted Williams to the mound prior to the All Star Game. Ted asked him some legendary question. Having a hard time recalling..
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RIP. Sad news
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:15 PM   #21
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:23 PM   #22
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Funny thing, that may be my favorite Tony Gwynn moment. That was just too funny.
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He was such a great hitter! Pitchers dreaded when he came up, especially with runners on base since he always put the ball in play. He also could hit the ball to all sides of the field and basically opposing pitchers just had to go into games knowing he's probably going to get a couple hits at least, so just make he gets them with nobody on base. RIP
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:18 PM   #24
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:38 AM   #25
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Founding member of the Mount Rushmore of Contact Hitters. Includes Carew, Boggs and..hmm Cobb or Rose? His bat control was insane. I’m convinced that although he was a terrific athlete, it was his alien-like bat control that really set him apart.

One of my favs growing up. Pads got swept in the 99 Series but he homered off the Yankee Stadium RF facade. When I saw that, I said “yup, this entire Padres season was set up just for that one swing to cap a career”.
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