San Diego, CA- Today will go down as the saddest day in not only San Diego history…but sports history as San Diego has lost its son.
The San Diego Padres this morning have announced the passing of “Mr.Padre” Tony Gwynn.
Tony Gwynn spent his entire 20 year career with the San Diego Padres.
He will go down in my opinion the greatest hitter in baseball history.
A First ballot Hall of Famer. Fifteen-time all-star. NL-record-tying eight-time batting champion. Seven time Silver Slugger award winner and five Gold Glove award winner. He finished his career with 3,141 hits and a career .338 batting average that is the highest since Ted Williams and the 22nd best all-time. His number 19 jersey was retired by the San Diego Padres in 2004 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Tony Gwynn lead the San Diego Padres to their first three franchise National League West championships and two World Series appearances.
We were blessed to have Tony Gwynn in our lives. He was the greatest ambassador the city of San Diego could ever ask for.
This has been a painful year for San Diego and the game of baseball.
Arguably one of the most memorable moments in Padres history is hearing Jerry Coleman call Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th hit in Montreal.
With the loss of Jerry Coleman to begin the year and today with the passing of Tony Gwynn….we’ve lost them both.
This season will not be remembered for how the Padres perform…but it will be remembered for the loss of the two most important people in the franchises history.
We’ve now not only lost the voice of the Padres….but Mr. Padre himself.