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Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at age 54

Tony Gwynn in 2006 (photo by Ewen & Donabel via wikipedia commons)

Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn has passed away at 54 years old.

Gwynn died today, Monday, June 16, 2014, of cancer of the salivary gland.

He is survived by his wife, Alicia, daughter Anisha and son Tony Jr., an outfielder with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Hall of Fame outfielder, spent all 20 of his MLB career with the San Diego Padres, had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as the head baseball coach at his alma mater San Diego State.

One of the greatest contact hitters to ever play the game, Gwynn amassed 3,141 hits, a career .338 average and won eight NL batting titles. He excelled at hitting singles the other way, between third base and shortstop, which is considered the “5.5 hole”.

Gwynn had three procedures to remove noncancerous growths from his parotid gland since 1997. In 2010, Gwynn was diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland and had both lymph nodes removed. Gwynn said his cancer was due to the habit of dipping tobacco that he had since playing rookie ball in Walla Walla in 1981.

Gwynn’s second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn’s neck where he  eventually was able to regain facial movement.

Gwynn’s other accomplishments included:

2 World Series appearances

15-time All-Star

8-time Batting Champion

5-time Gold Glove Award Winner

7-time Silver Slugger Award Winner

1999 Roberto Clemente Award Winner

Number 19 jersey retired by San Diego Padres retired in 2004

.338 career batting average

135 career homers

1,138 career RBI’s

Played with the Padres from 1982-2001.

Cincinnati Reds, a popular team on the internet

(By OCAL, courtesy

Every baseball fan knows the popular teams due to history are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati Reds are among those teams as well.

The Reds were ranked 10th in the latest Yahoo! rankings of the most searched Major League Baseball teams on the world wide web in the past year.

Cincinnati plays in the smallest market of any of the top nine most searched teams, but finished higher than teams in much larger cities Philadelphia Phillies (11th) and the Chicago White Sox (13th).

The Detroit Tigers, the defending American League champions are first followed by the Yankees.

With starting rotation hurting, Phillies take chance on volatile Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano with Cubs (photo by Jauerback via wikipedia commons)

The Philadelphia Phillies are one Major League Baseball team that needs a spark in their starting pitching rotation.

With Roy Hallday being out after surgery for bone spurs and fraying of his labrum, and rotator cuff and Cole Hamels struggling, the Phillies picked up a veteran hurler.

The team has signed three-time All-Star pitcher Carlos Zambrano to a minor-league contract. He’ll report to Clearwater, Florida immediately to get into game shape.

Zambrano can be very volatile towards teammates, managers and umpires but one thing that sticks out about him, he is a winner with 132 victories and a no-hitter in 12 MLB seasons.

Phillies finally get Howard back from DL to help offense


Ryan Howard (file photo)

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated slugging first baseman Ryan Howard from the disabled list and he is expected to make his season debut tonight, Friday, July 6 against Atlanta.  Hector Luna was sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for Howard.

The always-smiling Howard has been out of action the entire 2012 season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon while making the final out in the Phillies loss to St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series this past October.

Howard played in seven rehab games in the minor leagues, going 10-for-20 with a home run.


Info compiled from MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news


Phillies’ Lee finally breaks through with first 2012 victory



Left-hander Cliff Lee finally won his first game of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets, 9-2 on Wednesday.

Unbelievably, Lee had went 13 starts this season without a win.

Cliff Lee (courtesy of

Wednesday’s start was the fourth of the season against Eastern Division rival New York, Lee was unbeatable, he went eight innings, struck out nine and retired three of the first four batters on strikes.

For the season, Lee is 1-5 with a 3.98 ERA with 98 strikeouts and only 20 walks. He and the rest of the pitching staff has been the victim of an erratic Phillies offense, which has been ravaged with injuries all season.


Info compiled from MLB, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news


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