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RIP Tony Gwynn

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Posted: 6/16/2014 10:52 AM

RIP Tony Gwynn 


Brian Walton
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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:04 AM

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Unbelievable. Such a great hitter and person. 19 years batted .300. Even his last year.
A 5 year period above .368.....he faced Greg Maddux 107 times in his career, more than any other pitcher and  batted .415.  Maddux never struck him out.

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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:28 AM

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Sorry to hear, although I knew Tony Sr. was battling some health issues.

He was a guy that seemed to be good at whatever he did. He was a terrific college basketball and baseball player, and an unbelievably great hitter with the Padres.

Then after he retired, he did some broadcasting and shows up as a commentator in a few documentaries here and there, and is very good in all of that.

Plus all you ever heard about him was about how he was a genuinely nice guy.

Hate to see these guys like Bob Welch and Tony Gwynn leave us at a relatively young age.
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Posted: 6/16/2014 11:44 AM

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Sports rarely combines top talent & top character/personality. In Tony Gwinn we got both.

Very sad news.

Tough times don't last long but tough people do -

Darryl Kile

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Posted: 6/16/2014 12:55 PM

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Sad to see one of the games better pure hitter go at such a young age. One of the things that makes him so great especially in the city of San Diego he's the Padres version of Stan Musial in that being he spent his entire career with one team that is one of the least talked about in the sport, was a character on and off the field that San Diego just loved. Gwynn meant so much to that organization they nicknamed him "Mr. Padre".

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Posted: 6/16/2014 1:47 PM

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Gwynn and Junior Seau are two of the most beloved athletes you will find in any city. San Diego doesn't have many. It's a sad day for sure.

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Posted: 6/16/2014 8:40 PM

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One of the greatest hitters of all time. This guy hit over 370 on three different occasions and was one of the nicest people in baseball. He will be truly missed by the baseball world and mankind in general. No matter what team you root for or what city you live in we are ALL Tony Gwynn fans. Rest in peace Mr. Gwynn!

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Posted: 6/16/2014 8:41 PM

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While it's sad that he died so young I'm somewhat disspointed that the media haven't used this as a teachable moment for young baseball players about the dangers of chewing tobacco.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 12:12 AM

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Oh, they are - and they will.  Just not yet full-bore.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 7:28 AM

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scadder21 wrote: While it's sad that he died so young I'm somewhat disspointed that the media haven't used this as a teachable moment for young baseball players about the dangers of chewing tobacco.
I get your point as the media can help raise awareness, as here. But in my opinion, any teaching responsibility sits directly with parents and coaches.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 8:41 AM

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Gwynn and Junior Seau are two of the most beloved athletes you will find in any city. San Diego doesn't have many. It's a sad day for sure.

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I think we'd be terribly remiss not to include slugger extraordinaire, Nate Colbert, into this select group. Not only for his prowess on the field, but if any of his teammates were ever in dire need of some dependable wheels, Nate was their man to get them back on the road....and back on the road in complete style.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 2:25 PM

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You're remembering that old story about a Cardinal who was traded to San Diego (Terry Kennedy?) who said, "When you're in the clubhouse in St. Louis, you're seeing guys like Schoendienst and Gibson and Brock and Musial.  Here in the San Diego clubhouse, you're surrounded by Nate Colbert trying to sell you a car.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 3:01 PM

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Domeboys wrote:
scadder21 wrote: While it's sad that he died so young I'm somewhat disspointed that the media haven't used this as a teachable moment for young baseball players about the dangers of chewing tobacco.
I get your point as the media can help raise awareness, as here. But in my opinion, any teaching responsibility sits directly with parents and coaches.
Not saying it's a responsibility, it's just a teachable moment where you can raise awareness of the determintant effects of chew and show the end result.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 3:41 PM

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Jmodene1 wrote: You're remembering that old story about a Cardinal who was traded to San Diego (Terry Kennedy?) who said, "When you're in the clubhouse in St. Louis, you're seeing guys like Schoendienst and Gibson and Brock and Musial.  Here in the San Diego clubhouse, you're surrounded by Nate Colbert trying to sell you a car.
Bob Shirley was the guy that had that story. The way I read it was something like this: "Tradition in St. Louis is Bob Gibson and Stan Musial coming in to the clubhouse talking baseball and inviting you to their restaurant. Tradition in San Diego is Nate Colbert coming around trying to sell you a used car".
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Posted: 6/17/2014 5:23 PM

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That's right. I got the trade right (Shirley was part of the Kennedy deal), just the wrong guy out of the 11 involved. Thanks for the backup.
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Posted: 6/17/2014 5:29 PM

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I remember back in late 1999 Rick Ankiel went toe to toe against Gwynn in a game at St. Louis.  And Ankiel, as a 20 year old, held his own and then some.  I believe Gwynn finally grounded a seeing-eye single to right but that was an indication that Ankiel was going to be special.  Then he did the same thing shortly thereafter with Mark Grace from the Cubs and struck him out. 

Those two moments in 1999 convinced me we had something special in Ankiel.  Obviously there were a lot of moments for Padre fans that made them realize they had something special in Gwynn.

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