MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died

Baseball has lost one of its greatest hitters of all time

6/16/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Blog Photo - MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has diedOne of the greatest hitters of all time has passed away at the age of 54.

Tony Gwynn, who had a remarkable 20-year career all with the San Diego Padres, was being treated for cancer, but has finally lost his battle.

He'll be remembered as one of the all-time greats, perhaps the greatest pure contact hitter of all time. He struck out only 434 times in 10,232 MLB plate appearances. He won 8 NL batting titles, and his .394 average in the strike-shortened 1994 season is the closest anyone has come to a .400 season since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941.

Gwynn was named to 15 All-Star teams, and became a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 2007, receiving an outstanding 97.6% of the vote.

After his MLB career ended, he went back to his alma mater of San Diego State University and became a coach there, where he worked ever since.

Tony Gwynn was one of the greatest ever, and he'll be sorely missed.

UPDATE: Here's the official statement released by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig

Blog Photo - MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died
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6/16/14   |   SusanVette   |   9145 respect

MLB has lost a great player, and a great man. R.I.P. Tony.

6/16/14   |   Scott   |   53924 respect

One of those players that even if he wasn't on your team, you rooted for and admired the way he went about his business.

6/16/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

My one kinda sorta interaction with Tony Gwynn...  I was at a Giants-Padres game at Candlestick Park in 1989.  I was in the first row of the right field pull out seats.  The Family section.  It had rained the night before and the field was damp with a few puddles.  Tony was in right wandering around the warning track checking the ground out there.  He was looking down the whole time.  I said loudly, "Doesn't look too good, does it?"  Without looking up, he nods.  I then add, "Better be careful out there today!"  And his small nod became a very big nod.

RIP Tony.  Baseball will miss you.