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Tribute to Tony Gwynn

Remembering the career of Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn

WhatIfSports.com
June 17, 2014

Tony Gwynn, a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, died on Monday at age 54. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, was a beloved figure whose passing will be mourned.

As a player, Gwynn will be most remembered for his prowess with a bat. He hit better than .300 for 19 consecutive seasons, a streak only surpassed by Ty Cobb. Perhaps more impressive, Gwynn totaled 434 career strikeouts in 9,288 at-bats, meaning he struck out just 4.7 percent of the time. By comparison, Miguel Cabrera has recorded 1,246 strikeouts in 6,471 at-bats, a rate of 19.3 percent. Ichiro Suzuki has 899 strikeouts in 8,727 at-bats, a 10.3 percent rate.

Gwynn won the National League batting title on eight occasions, the first in 1984 at the age of 24 and the last in 1997, at age 37. Gwynn's highest batting average occurred during the lockout-shortened season of 1994, when he batted .394 with a .454 on-base percentage. The strike forced the cancellation of 47 games and may have cost Gwynn a chance to be the first .400 hitter since Ted Williams.

Tony Gwynn's Batting Titles
YearBAOBPRunsHitsRBIHRSB
1984.351.4108821371533
1987.370.44711921854756
1988.313.3736416370726
1989.336.3898220362440
1994.394.4547916564125
1995.368.4048219790917
1996.353.4006715950311
1997.372.409972201191712

During Gwynn's 20 seasons, the Padres won three division titles and advanced to the World Series twice. In 1984, the Padres lost the Fall Classic in five games to the Detroit Tigers. The next World Series trip occurred 14 years later, when the New York Yankees swept the Padres in 1998. Gwynn was the only Padres player to participate in both postseason runs.

Tony Gwynn's World Series Seasons
YearTeamWLWIS Interactive
1984San Diego Padres9270Simulate 1984 Padres vs. 1998 Padres
1998San Diego Padres9864Add Tony Gwynn to your Dream Team

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Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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