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Baseball with Matt: Tony Gwynn Edition

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Tony Gwynn at the Plate! Courtesy of baseballwithmatt.blogspot.com

 

Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with another dose of baseball history. There are a lot of teams in baseball who have great histories, such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Cardinals, Tigers, Reds, Red Sox, and more. There are also some teams that don’t have the best history, like the San Diego Padres. Despite not having the best history, they have been to two Fall Classics (1984 and 1998, losing to the Tigers and Yanks, respectively) and they would have never gotten to those World Series, if not for the efforts of Tony “Mr. Padre” Gwynn.

 

A star basketball and baseball player in college, Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Fame right fielder chose baseball instead of shooting hoops professionally and from 1982-2001, had a great career playing for the Padres. Gwynn is considered one of the best hitters of all time in terms of hitting the ball to where he wanted. This propelled him to 3,141 career hits (19th all time), a lifetime .338 batting average (18th all time), and eight batting crowns (an NL record he shares with Honus Wagner). Gwynn was also an early user of videotape to study his swing, which earned him the nickname Captain Video. Along with being in the 3,000 hits club, Captain Video won five Gold Glove Awards in the outfield, stole 319 bases, and went on to play in 15 All-Star Games.

 

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