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Is Tony Gwynn looking to become part of a Padres ownership group?

May 16, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

Tony Gwynn ap AP

Some tea leaves are being read regarding Tony Gwynn’s movements in San Diego:

Gwynn met for two hours on Tuesday morning with Thomas Tull, movie mogul and prospective Padres purchaser, at a downtown hotel. That tidbit was first leaked via Twitter by a person claiming to be a hotel employee and then confirmed by U-T San Diego’s Tim Sullivan … Gwynn met for two hours on Tuesday morning with Thomas Tull, movie mogul and prospective Padres purchaser, at a downtown hotel. That tidbit was first leaked via Twitter by a person claiming to be a hotel employee and then confirmed by U-T San Diego’s Tim Sullivan.

There isn’t a more popular or well-loved figure in San Diego baseball than Tony Gwynn. So, to the extent that face-of-the-franchise considerations matter — and based on Nolan Ryan in Texas and Magic Johnson in L.A., it does to some degree — if you want to buy the Padres, it can’t hurt aligning yourself with Tony Gwynn.

 

  1. JB (the original) - May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Interesting news, which makes me think that his recovery from all that jaw/face surgery has gone well. Has there been any sort of news/update as to that?

    • micker716 - May 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      He’s had a few setbacks, but is back in the dugout managing the San Diego St. baseball team. I can’t think of anyone better to be the face of a well-financed ownership group. Moores/Moorad aren’t McCourt bad, but they’re bad.

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 16, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    So he’s looking for a piece of pie?

    • vanmorrissey - May 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      No, he’s not looking for any piece of pie, although we know he likes peach cobbler. Think Tony is more concerned for his health than any monetary gains. Anyway, since Moores/Moorad/Moores has been almost as bad as the McCourt ownership but since its San Diego it goes under the radar, Tony wants to bring some sort of class and respectability to the Padre franchise and San Diego also, a city he has given his whole adult life too. The fans are sick of what’s on the field, the TV and ownership fiasco’s, and want it turned around so they can puff out their chests at least a little instead of being the sad sack Padres the franchise has become.

  3. icanspeel - May 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    He’d be the perfect face for the franchise. It’s hard to find a San Diegan who doesn’t love Tony Gwynn. Based on his playing career and taking less money to stay with the Padres he would be more about the team than just making a profit.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - May 16, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      I was going to say the exact same thing. Well put. I’d love to see Gwynn help run his old team. He’s true quality.

  4. willsolo - May 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Is it me or was the quote repeated twice? Did you accidentally hit CTRL+V twice Craig???

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