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Phillies release Tony Gwynn Jr.

Jul 28, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has been released by the Phillies after being designated for assignment last week.

Gwynn had a brief run as a regular for the Padres and Dodgers, but he profiles strictly as a backup outfielder at this point and at age 31 will likely have to prove himself at Triple-A for a while after hitting just .163 in 67 games for the Phillies.

Gwynn played sparingly after returning from bereavement leave following the death of his father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. He’s a career .239 hitter with .621 OPS and 79 steals in 672 games.

  1. groupofsevenrules - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    “When the tree grows on a mountaintop, the apples tend to roll a long way downhill.”
    – one of Grandma’s proverbs.

    • danfrommv - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      and a perfect assessment of Jim Buss

      • hojo20 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Or Billy Madison.

      • aarontzach - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        or Joe Buck

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Or Pete Rose Jr.

    • Old Gator - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Ouch. I guess neither of our grandmothers had any mercy. But can you imagine the pressure this guy must have been under his whole life to excel like his daddy? Brutal/

      • historiophiliac - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Richard Roberts found a way to parlay it into a grand lifestyle.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    A rough year for Tony Junior.

    In other Phillies related news, they are scouting some second tier Blue Jay prospects. Is a trade in the works?

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Aside from an upgrade at 2B, what do the Jays need?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        A starting pitcher to replace Happ would be nice. According to Sportsnet.ca, the Phillies have been scouting lefty Sean Nolin. Nolin started the season very well in Triple A; however he tailed off due to an injury. They were said to be watching him during to rehab starts in Florida.

    • skeeterbarnes - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Please, AA, for the sake of all that is right, make a deal for some pitching. The offense is fine once everyone is back. Move Reyes if need be to get some stability into the rotation. It has been so long since most of Canada cared about baseball and a re-birth of the Jays’ playoff hopes would certainly help. Not that everyone in Canada is a fan of the Jays, but when they are good, people up here just care more.

  3. icanspeel - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    With his fathers health issues and eventual passing, it was probably very difficult for him to focus on baseball this year. Hopefully another team gives him a shot in the near future.

    • raysfan1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Indeed, although no one can blame him if he decides to at minimum take the remainder of the season off.

  4. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    how does rueben still have a job?

  5. mungman69 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Tony Jr. Could Never Hit.

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