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Tony Gwynn (Mr. Padre) Passes Away

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#1 Kirby_waved_at_me

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:50 AM

Ugh. This hits really hard. Tony Gwynn was my favorite non-Twins player.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:05 AM

Ugh. Just terrible. I went to high school in San Diego and have very fond memories of Gwynn. He seemed like a great guy all around.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:05 AM

That's hard news, I was always a big fan. He and Puckett always had a lot of similarities in the evolustion of their games and what they meant to their franchises. Unfortunately passing too young is another.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:05 AM

RIP

Also a casualty of the 1994 strike --- batting .394 on August 12 when play stopped.

Among the best ever.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:06 AM

Definitely one of my all-time non-Twins favorites. Class act and fun to watch.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:08 AM

Awful, terrible news. And still so damn young! And so much still to offer.

I confess, I had forgotten of his recent battles.

You know, he never had much of anything in the way of HR power, and the second half of his career the speed began to decline and the SB's dropped considerably, though the percentage of successful tries was still there. But he was a solid doubles producer and an absolute hitting and on base machine. Gwynn, Boggs and Puckett are/were the three best, greatest, most pure hitters I have ever seen, (a healthy Mauer in that class). Gwynn could fall out of bed, stub his toe, fall in the shower, get in a car accident on the way to the ballpark, arrive late, miss batting practice, take two practice swings before stepping in to face the pitcher and still go 2 for 4 with a walk.

But the best things were his professionalism and enthusiasm. He was always a class act, always smiling, and always a team player who just loved the game and to compete. Everything from his talent and production to physical build to class and big smiles made him the NL equivalent, pretty much, to Puckett. Also taken from us way too soon. It's a shame.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:08 AM

RIP. Great player and he seemed like a good guy. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:18 AM

RIP. Great player and he seemed like a good guy. Thoughts and prayers to his family.



Very sad. He seemed like a very good guy. I wonder if this will jump-start a conversation about chewing and baseball.

#9 Kirby_waved_at_me

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:22 AM

I was looking through old articles on Mr. Gwynn and found this interview with Gwynn and Stan Musial about hitting. Some really good stuff from two of the greatest hitters of all time.
http://www.sportingn...-and-tony-gwynn

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:52 AM

A bit of a side discussion but, as one who used chewing tobacco for 15 years, I couldn't help but notice the prominent bulge in the bottom left lip of our own Byron Buxton in the Strib article.

Let's hope he takes note of Mr. Gwynn's plea for players to stop using chewing tobacco, and starts a new chapter in his life today.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:54 AM

Sad news on what seemed to be an upbeat guy and a smart baseball guy as well as a HoF. Cautionary tale to kids about chew and what it can do to you.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:02 AM

I was just reading on this and found this quote:

[FONT=Arial]“I haven’t discussed that with the doctors yet, but I’m thinking it’s related to dipping,” said Gwynn, who resumed the practice of using chewing tobacco after the first two surgeries.[/FONT]


http://newyork.cbslo...ynn-has-cancer/

Dipping must be as addictive as hell if you have 2 surgeries related to it and continue using it afterwords.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:08 AM

A bit of a side discussion but, as one who used chewing tobacco for 15 years, I couldn't help but notice the prominent bulge in the bottom left lip of our own Byron Buxton in the Strib article.

Let's hope he takes note of Mr. Gwynn's plea for players to stop using chewing tobacco, and starts a new chapter in his life today.


That is not the first picture of Buxton I have seen with a huge dip in. Very common even on high school teams. I have heard it is harder to quit chewing than smoking. It would be nice to see a discussion about this and a campaign or ban from MLB.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:38 AM

My deepest sympathy to his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and legions of fans.

I would like to see baseball take "Stand Up to Cancer" seriously rather than just as an ad slogan. They provide good funding for many types of cancer research through their efforts but just as important is matching actions to rhetoric. So yes, ban chew at all levels. But also be aware of what you do -- I was incensed when the Twins made a public presentation of a humidor to Gardenhire for his 1,000th win. Tobacco is tobacco -- and it isn't good in any form.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 11:44 AM

My deepest sympathy to his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and legions of fans.

I would like to see baseball take "Stand Up to Cancer" seriously rather than just as an ad slogan. They provide good funding for many types of cancer research through their efforts but just as important is matching actions to rhetoric. So yes, ban chew at all levels. But also be aware of what you do -- I was incensed when the Twins made a public presentation of a humidor to Gardenhire for his 1,000th win. Tobacco is tobacco -- and it isn't good in any form.


I agree. A ban would be a good thing. These guys are role models. If they didn't ask for it, too bad. It comes with the territory.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 03:47 PM

You were a good man, Tony Gwynn. You are missed.
Take your time, and do it right. - N. Fury

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:29 PM

RIP
I wish there would have been inter league games back in the 80's so we could have seen Kirby Puckett and Tony Gywnn playing against each other besides All-Star games.
Best stats that I saw on yahoo about him.Gwynn had 45 games with at least four hits. In 2,440 career games, Gwynn had only 34 multi-strikeout games. So, the odds were better that Gwynn would get four hits than striking out twice. Let that sink in.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

Gwynn's death is plain and simply - awful. When I read the news this morning I had waves of nostalgia and melancholy run over me - maybe, I was even a bit misty eyed.

When I was able to watch Gwynn play, it was always a treat - the man was a hitting machine. Other than that, I checked the box score everyday to see what Tony Gwynn had done or where his BA was at.

After his career was finished, I always enjoyed when I was able to hear him guest announce a game on ESPN or whatever network - I cannot recall. His baseball acumen and love for the game, always made him an educational and enjoyable watch and listen. He was baseball family - I felt like I knew him.

7 times hitting over .350 is astonishing!

Rest well Tony Gwynn Sr., you will never be forgotten.

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:17 PM

Very sad. He seemed like a very good guy. I wonder if this will jump-start a conversation about chewing and baseball.



I hope so!