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In today’s morning drive we take time to honor Tony Gwynn. Also, Yasiel Puig flips his bat, the Lakers still don’t have a coach and the Kings are just that. Enjoy, Los Angeles. You deserve it. And Happy Monday to you.
Tony Gwynn, member of Major League Baseball’s exclusive 3,000-hit club, died Monday at the age of 54, after a long battle with cancer.
“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn,” commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “The greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life.”
The Hall of Famer passed surrounded by family at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., the Baseball Hall of Fame announced.
A rare baseball lifer, Gwynn spent all of his 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres, compiling 3,141 hits en route to eight National League batting titles and 15 All-Star appearances.
Gwynn, a Los Angeles native who played high school ball in Long Beach, Calif., had been the head baseball coach at alma mater San Diego State since 2003.
According to Gwynn, his cancer came chewing tobacco.
Check back for more on Gwynn’s incredible life and career.
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