Monday , June 16, 2014

Rest In Peace San Diego’s Tony Gwynn

Thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of baseball legend Tony Gwynn as he lost his battle with cancer this morning. Gwynn was only 54 years old.

Born in Los Angeles, Gwynn attended San Diego State and from that point on, made San Diego his town—earning the nickname “Mr. Padre”. Gwynn was a rookie in 1982 and played twenty seasons—all with San Diego; a rarity in this day and age.

Gwynn was also a 15-time All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove Award winner, a seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an eight-time National League batting champion. He won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1999 and his No. 19 jersey was retired by the Padres in 2004. Gwynn also had 3,141 career hits and a .348 lifetime batting average.

PGA Tour professional Pat Perez, a San Diegian and lifelong Padres fan, was taken aback when hearing about Gwynn’s passing.

“Guys like Tony only come around once every few decades. He was arguably the purist hitting my generation ever saw and as stand-up of a guy that’s ever played the game,” said Perez, who also touched on the local ties.

“Played for San Diego State, drafted by the Padres, spent two decades with the club, put his stamp on the city and the franchise and then returned to his alma mater to coach. They just don’t make them like that anymore.

San Diego lost a great one today. Tony Gwynn was one-of-a-kind. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Gwynn had just signed a one-year contract to continue coaching at San Diego State this upcoming season.

AT 12:54 pm No Comments
  • Click to go back to top of the page