Farewell to Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn

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Farewell Tony Gwynn


Today I was shocked and sadden to hear of the passing of Baseball Hall of Fame former Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn.

Even though I didn’t watch a lot of Padres games when he played, or now for that matter, I was always aware of

Tony Gwynn’s  Major League Baseball career. He was that good,  that he triumphed over the ‘east coast bias’.


East Coast Bias

Back in the early 2000’s when Tony Gwynn announced he was  retiring, it was the same year Cal Ripken had announced

he was retiring. That summer, during  MLB All Star Game, Cal Ripken was elected to the team and Tony Gwynn wasn’t.

Even though Ripken’s numbers that year didn’t suggest they were worthy enough for selection to the team. It was more

an honorary selection. Which is cool, since it was the last year of a tremendous career, but no such honor was bestowed

upon Gwynn. He was later selected to be some sort of ambassador for the National League, and got to sit on the bench

during the game, but not play. That always struck me as a little messed up.  Here was this guy who was arguably the best

hitter of his time,  and he was somehow not as respected as Cal Ripken. I know Ripken was probably the better player,

especially with his ‘Iron Horse’ record for consecutive games played, but would Tony Gwynn had an honorary spot on that

team if he had played for the NY Yankees or Boston RedSox? I think he would have.


Today we celebrate his life

Part of Tony Gwynn’s  Hall of Fame Plaque reads as follows:


” An artisan with a bat whose daily pursuit of excellence produced a .338  lifetime batting average, 3,141 hits, and a National

League record tying eight batting titles”


Farewell to the Greatest Baseball hitter of generation, Mr. Tony Gwynn.




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  1. Posted by Elizabeth Reply

    Loved reading your kind words about Mr. San Diego…Tony Gwynn! I live in San Diego & our hearts will always be heavy! Losing such a great humanitarian at such a young age was a shame! He was a great man…not in it for the glory, just into the game! He’s done so much for others…R.I.P. Mr. San Diego!

    • Posted by Zombie Daddy Reply

      Beautiful person who represented a beautiful city.

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