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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.


Padres pound Reds 10-4; Gonzalez and Correia lead the way

Cincinnati, Ohio – Kevin Correia has been getting plenty of run support from his underrated teammates.

The San Diego right-hander was on the mound Friday night for the Padres’  second-biggest outburst of the 2010 season, a 10-4 pounding of the Reds. Correia was on the positive end of the 17-2 victory over Atlanta on April 12.

Kevin Correia Padres (mlb)

Correia didn’t allow a hit into the sixth inning and Adrian Gonzalez hit his second career grand slam as the Padres extended its winning streak to seven games.

Speaking of Gonzalez, his homer was the 134th of his career with San Diego, breaking a tie with Ryan Klesko for fifth all-time on the club’s career home run list. Gonzalez needs one to tie Tony Gwynn, Sr., for fourth place. Gonzalez has hit at least one home run in four of San Diego’s last five games against the Reds, dating back to last season.

Adrian Gonzalez Padres (mlb)

Tony Gwynn, Jr., added a two-run homer and Matt Stairs and Everth Cabrera drove in two runs apiece in support of Correia, who didn’t allow a hit until Ryan Hanigan led off the sixth with a double to center field.

Correia (3-1) improved to 6-1 in his career against Cincinnati, including 4-1 at Great American Ball Park. The Reds reached Correia for three hits and two runs in that inning. He left with two outs. Correia walked Joey Votto three times and struck five.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME LOCKERROOM (to listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 839 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP No Zip on his pitches. Did he feel OK.

44 840 Bronson Arroyo Reds RHP Other than Mike Leake the starters haven’t done well

44 841 Adrian Gonzalez San Diego 1b Always does well vs. the Reds and at Great American Ball Park

44 842 Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres 1b The Padres are playing well but the experts don’t think they’re contenders

SAN DIEGO PADRES GAME NOTES

* 19 Stolen Bases is number 1 in 2010. Chase Headley has 5.

* Pitching Staff 2.82 ERA is number 1 in MLB, 2nd in strikeouts with 7.62 per game.

* Bullpen is 2nd in NL with .188 opponents averaging and a 2.68 ERA.

* Matt Stairs is playing with his 12th MLB team in his career in 18 years tying Deacon McGuire, Ron Villone and Mike Morgan. Stairs is 1 homer shy of tying Cliff Johnson (20) for the all-time pinch-hit home run record.

* San Diego all-time against Cincinnati is 257-310 overall, 118-163 in Cincinnati at Crosley Field, Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field and Great American Ball Park combined.

* Tony Gwynn, Jr., is one of 3 players in MLB history to play for a team upon which his Dad played 2,000 games. Dale Berra and Pete Rose are the others.

* The Padres have 4 players on their roster who have won a World Series title: Matt Stairs, Jon Garland, David Eckstein and Jerry Hairston, Jr.

* Everth Cabrera was named 2009 Pro Sports Athlete of the year in Nicaragua.

* Yorvit Torrealba is making his rounds in MLB’s Western Division. He has played with San Francisco, Colorado and now San Diego.

CINCINNATI REDS GAME NOTES

* The Reds starters are 1-6 and the relievers are 6-4.

* Are 4th in the National League in stolen bases with 14 behind San Diego’s 19, Washington with 16 and Pittsburgh with 15.

* Reds pitchers throw an average of 18.2 pitches per game, #1 in MLB.

STAR SIGHTINGS AT THE BALL PARK

Dick Enberg San Diego Broadcaster (Padres)

75-year-old Dick Enberg was seen in the press box. He is a broadcaster with the Padres working with Mark Grant and Tony Gwynn.

Michael Badalucco The Practice (abc)

Also in the press box and press elevator was Attorney Jimmy Berluti from the TV show, ” The Practice”. In real life, he is Michael Badalucco who walking around Great American Ball Park with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty.