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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.


Washington Nationals dilemma: Strasburg innings to be limited even if needed in pennant race

Stephen Strasburg (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

If the Washington Nationals are going to get into the playoffs, they’ll have to be very creative with the innings pitched by staff ace, 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been saying for weeks that the former San Diego State star will not pitch more than 180 innings in 2012.

So far, Strasburg is on pace to pitch 184.1 innings in a very solid year so far.

In April 2012, Strasburg accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run. Consequently he was named National League Player of the Month.  On May 20, Strasburg went 2-for-2 as a hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen.

In his June 13 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Strasburg became the first pitcher of the year to strike out 100 batters.

On July 1, Strasburg was elected to his first All-Star Game.

The Washington Nationals have been controlling the National League East since the early days of the season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Surgery removes tumor inside Gwynn’s cheek

 

Tony Gwynn with Padres (photo by Galaksiafervojo via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, had surgery to remove a new cancerous tumor from inside his right cheek.

Currently, the head baseball coach at San Diego State, Gwynn had previously a malignant growth removed from the same spot in August of 2010.

Gwynn’s wife, Alicia,  told the media that doctors do not feel that the cancer has spread outside of her husband’s salivary gland.

Gwynn has always maintained that his cancer came from dipping tobacco starting in rookie ball in 1981.

The 51-year-old had quite a career in Major League Baseball.

He had a .338 batting average, with 3,141 hits, 135 home runs, 1,138 RBI’s. He was a 15-time NL All-Star, won five gold gloves, earned eight batting titles.

The San Diego Padres retired his #19 in 2004 and he was a first-time Baseball Hall of Fame ballot inductee, garnering 97.6% of the votes in 2007.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Baseball news

 

Navy accepts invite to join Big East in football

 

The Navy Midshipmen football program has accepted the Big East Conference’s invitation to join the league starting in 2015.

The United States service academy has been an independent in football since the program’s inception in 1879.

The Big East is trying to the build the conference into a 12-team league for football, with eastern and western divisions and a league championship game.

Navy in Blue & Gold uniforms (photo by Navy sports Information Office via wikipedia commons)

In December, the Big East added Boise State and San Diego State as football-only members and Southern Methodist, Houston and Central Florida in all sports. Those three schools will start play in 2013.

 

 

Info compiled from Navy athletics & Big East Conference news

SUGAR BOWL REVIEW: #13 Michigan outkicks #17 Va. Tech in OT

 

(courtesy of Bowl via wikipedia commons)

Brendan Gibbons kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give 13th-ranked Michigan to a 23-20 win over #17 Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

The win ended a comeback to the heights of college football for the Michigan program under first-year head coach Brady Hoke, who led the Wolverines to an 11-2 record a BCS game.

QB Denard Robinson did not dominate the game, but threw touchdown passes of 45 and 18 yards to Junior Hemingway.

Robinson was 9 of 21 passes for 117 yards for 117 yards and an interception and rushed for only 13 yards.

Hemingway was selected as the player of the game for his two-touchdown effort. He finished the game with two pass receptions for 63 yards.

Virginia Tech, who finished the year at 11-3, more than doubled Michigan’s offensive total yardage, 377 to 184, and collected 22 first downs to the Wolverines’ 12 but had trouble scoring TD’s and settle for four field goals in regulation by placekicker Justin Myer, a third-stringer.

Unfortunately, Myer missed on his fifth field goal try from 37 yards out on the opening possession of overtime.

GAME NOTES:

*The Virginia Tech Hokies under Frank Beamer at 11-3 did not win a conference championship. They lost twice to Clemson by a combined 48 points, including a 38-10 humiliation in the ACC title game.

*In BCS games, the Hokies are 1-5.

*The Hokies strong pass rush created 38 sacks in 2011.

*Virginia Tech relied on their 12th-ranked defense to control games.

*Michigan’s are 12th in the nation in rushing with 235.7 yards a game, and QB Denard Robinson (96.9-yard average) and RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (91.9) were the big-time playmakers.

*Michigan head coach Brady Hoke turned around Ball State, San Diego State and now Michigan and earned the 2011 Big Ten Coach of the Year honors.

*The Wolverines’ BCS record is 2-3.

* Denard Robinson ended the year with some impressive totals: rushed for 1,163 yards and passed for 2,056 yards and accounted for 34 touchdowns overall.

 

Info compiled from staff, University of Michigan & Virginia Tech news

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