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Video: The Padres honored Tony Gwynn last night

Jun 19, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

A touching, fitting and, in no small amount emotional tribute to the greatest Padre who ever lived.

  1. xpensivewinos - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    He was much more than simply the “Greatest Padre.” Gwynn, a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, was one of the greatest hitters in the history of the game and it’s about time that people east of Yuma realized it. This is a guy who had a career batting average of .338………..only 17 players have retired with a higher career batting average and we’re talkin’ Cobb, Hornsby, Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, Speaker and dudes like that. He hit over .300 for 19 straight years and won 8 batting titles. That is not a typo,the man won 8 BATTING TITLES which ties him with Honus Wagner for most in NL history…..only Ty Cobb won more. The man hit .350 over the final six years of his career and he could have gone 0-fer-1,183 and still would have had a .300 career average. In over 10,200 plate appearances, he only struck out 434 times. He also won seven Silver Slugger Awards, five Gold Gloves and played in 15 All-Star Games. The video game numbers just go on and on…….

    It’s about time Gwynn was recognized in the same company with those other players we’ve come to admire as almost mythological figures. He simply hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves because he chose to play his whole career in sleepy little San Diego.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM

      Really? You’re going to play the East Coast Bias card with Gwynn? Not only is it whiny, it’s not true. Gwynn is universally respected as a hitting artist.

      • stex52 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Agreed, Kevin. Everybody in MLB knows about Gwynn. I buy into a lot of the East Coast bias arguments, but not in this case.

      • senioreditor2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        His numbers are better than Jeter’s and no one suggested any retirement tour when Tony announced he was retiring. There is most certainly an east coast bias. If he had played in NY there would have been Ruthian comparisons. It’s only now that most acknowledged Tony sheer greatness.

    • tmc602014 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      More than an east coast bias, it’s a poor team bias. The Padres have had such a long history of mediocrity that the average fan simply didn’t notice how good he was. We argue this every year when discussing MVP choices – Player of the year or best player on a contender?

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Well stated tmc. 100% on point.

  2. jimeejohnson - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I saw Tony Gwynn in his prime and he was practically unstoppable My condolences to his family, friends, and fans. Tony was one of the greatest hitters of all time and a very lovable player. Thank you Tony Gwynn for the great entertainment you provided.

  3. jcmejialapelota - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Reblogged this on Dedicado al Baseball.

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