Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Quick Hit: Never Another Like Tony Gwynn

There will never be another player to play this great game of baseball like Tony Gwynn. Gwynn had a plethora of career milestones, zero reported trouble both inside and outside the clubhouse, and never complained even when battling cancer. Gwynn was a special kind of player that I don't think we will ever see again.

Gwynn had 3,000 hits, led the league in hitting eight times, hit over .300 19 of his 20 seasons in the big leagues and only hit .289 in his rookie campaign, had over 200 hits five times in his career and hit 197 two other times, surprisingly had seasons in which he stole 33, 37, 56, and 40 bases, had a career high 40 strike outs for a single season, was a 15 time All Star and garnered MVP votes in 12 different seasons. Gwynn spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres.

Gwynn surprisingly only had 100 plus RBI's once in his career, only hit double digit home runs in five seasons and 135 total in 20 seasons, and never made more than $6.3 million in a single season. We may never see another Tony Gwynn and frankly that's not a bad thing, I'd hate for anyone to take away from what a great man and even better ballplayer he truly was.

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