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Bud Selig issues a statement about the passing of Tony Gwynn

Jun 16, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT

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From the Commissioner’s Office:

“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life.  Tony was synonymous with San Diego Padres baseball, and with his .338 career batting average and eight batting titles, he led his beloved ballclub to its greatest heights, including two National League pennants.

“Tony loved our game, the city of San Diego and his alma mater where he starred and coached, San Diego State University, and he was a part of a wonderful baseball family.  His commitment to the children of San Diego made him a deserving recipient of our game’s highest off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award, in 1999.

“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched.  On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony’s wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball.”

  1. jsally430 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Sad. Second favorite outfielder behind Kirby Puckett thoughts are with his family

  2. hojo20 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Gone WAY too soon. RIP

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Always will remember this – I wish I could find the camera angle that stayed on him the whole way from first. This was great

  4. jaguar0413 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    It’s nice to see that this wasn’t just some perfunctory statement from Bud. He clearly put the thought and respect into it that Tony Gwynn deserved.

    “For more than 30 years,Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime.” Could there be any greater or more perfect sentiment to describe Gwynn than this?

    • southpaw2k - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Had the same thought and reaction. Very touching and respectful of Gwynn’s career accomplishments and contributions to the community.

    • yahmule - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Like he wrote it.

  5. stlouis1baseball - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    I hear you Jaquar. I was equally impressed with Bud’s statement.

  6. nbjays - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    If there’s a baseball team in heaven, their team batting average just got a whole lot better.

    • southpaw2k - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Since 2009, we’ve lost the likes of Gary Carter, Harmon Killebrew, Duke Snider, and Stan Musial, along with Tony Gwynn. You could put together another Field of Dreams with that group.

    • ch0psuey - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Ha, love this comment, nicely done.

  7. miguelcairo - Jun 16, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    A wizard with the bat. RIP Mr. Padre, your statue is well deserved.

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