Baseball has lost one of its greatest hitters of all time
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