Tony Gwynn

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies of cancer at 54

16 June 2014 | 4:08 pm Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54. Gwynn's sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes. ''For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,'' Commissioner Bud Selig said. Gwynn had been on a medical leave from his job as baseball coach at San Diego … http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hall-famer-tony-gwynn-dies-154928185–mlb.html

Tony Gwynn has died at the age of 54

16 June 2014 | 4:07 pm The Padres legendary outfielder has been battling a vicious form of cancer. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/16/padres-great-tony-gwynn-died/

Padres great Gwynn dies at 54

16 June 2014 | 4:04 pm Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn died Monday morning after battling cancer. Gwynn was surrounded by his family at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., when he died. Gwynn spent his entire Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001. Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star, won eight batting titles, five Gold Glove Awards and was inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/padres-great-gwynn-dies-54-160434280–mlb.html

Nineteen Summers: Padres 1969 – 1988 (VHS Tape) tagged “tony gwynn” 2 times

15 April 2012 | 12:51 am Nineteen Summers: Padres 1969 - 1988 Nineteen Summers: Padres 1969 – 1988 (VHS Tape)By Tony Gwynn 4 used and new from $6.49 Customer Rating: 4.0 Customer tags: baseball(2), mlb(2), major league baseball(2), tony gwynn(2), san diego(2), baseball history(2), baseball players(2), padres(2), ozzie smith, steve garvey, dave winfield, sports memorabilia http://www.amazon.com/Nineteen-Summers-Padres-1969-1988/dp/B000N1BVEK?tag=cclub-20

Tony Gwynn remembered warmly on Twitter – SBNation.com

16 June 2014 | 4:01 pm Today we lost a great baseball player today one that was awesome to watch and hear about. The great Tony Gwynn. Prayers with him and family. Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) June 16, 2014. Sad times. Tony Gwynn … http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/6/16/5814610/tony-gwynn-twitter-reaction

Tony Gwynn passes away – McCovey Chronicles

16 June 2014 | 3:48 pm There was no currency in poking at him; everyone loved him. Like Vin Scully, Gwynn wasn't just a Hall of Famer, he was a litmus test for when you can stop listening to the opinions of a Giants fan. Don't like Tony Gwynn? http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2014/6/16/5814608/tony-gwynn-passes-away

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54 | KFOR.com

16 June 2014 | 3:45 pm A man who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame passed away on Monday. According to NBC Sports, Tony Gwynn died at the age of 54 after a tough battle with salivary gland cancer. Baseball Hall of Famer Tony … http://kfor.com/2014/06/16/hall-of-famer-tony-gwynn-dies-at-54/

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5 Responses to Tony Gwynn

  • Frog Butt says:

    Would Tony Gwinn’s Battle With Cancer Convince You Not To Use Tobacco? He says he thinks he got cancer from using tobacco.
    Lol. I have two friends who live in Gwinn, Michigan so I must have been thinking of that.

    • Curator says:

      The Surgeon General’s warning first began appearing on cigarette packages in 1966, so it’s not as if Gwynn made an uninformed decision when he started using smokeless tobacco. Common sense would seem to dictate that sticking tobacco in your mouth and sucking on it is just as ill-advised as lighting it up and inhaling it.
      It’s rare to find someone who hasn’t at least tried some form of tobacco — it’s almost as if it’s a rite of passage from our youth into adulthood — but I don’t understand the allure of tobacco. In my opinion, using tobacco in any form is nasty. You have the smell, smoke, and aftertaste of cigarettes and cigars, and the spit cups from smokeless tobacco. Why anyone would want to use is is beyond. I tried it as a kid and I definitely didn’t like it.

  • Joe says:

    Where Do You Detect What Pitch Is Next? So in people now in my age are starting to throw junk and I want to know how to detect it better. I look at when they release what their hand form is but sometimes its too fast. Where do you detect their pitch

    • Curator says:

      First, the time to start looking for “hints” is long before you ever get into the batter’s box. Watch a pitcher as he warms up…even when he’s playing catch with his teammates before a game. Get a feel for the length and timing of his stride, where he releases the ball in relation to his hat, and so on.

      If you’re wondering why I suggested watch him when he is just playing catch, it’s because that is when he is throwing most “free & easy.” If you know what that looks like, you can recognize when he is straining, or rushing his delivery…those are things you can learn as “hints.”

      When he’s on the mound, watch him warm up and how he throws to the batters in front of you. Most pitchers will throw a couple of each pitch in their arsenals during warm-ups and most don’t hide their mechanics.

      Before he throws, take note of how he holds his glove and how long he holds the ball before beginning his delivery. Holding the ball a heartbeat longer than normal or a slight “wiggle” in the glove could mean that he’s shifting his grip…which probably means a breaking or off-speed pitch is coming.

      Another common “tip off” from younger pitchers is that they raise their delivery and release point on curve balls because they are trying to “stay on top of the ball” and get a good downward “snap” to impart spin on it. Again, recognizing a high delivery is only possible if you really watched him before to determine his “normal” release point.

      And the reason I said compare his release point to his hat before is because that is something you know will be there in games. The great Tony Gwynn used to write how, when the pitcher started his wind up, he would shift his focus to the pitcher’s hat….sometimes even “micro-focusing” on the little “button” at the top of his hat.

      Gwynn said that many young hitters “zone out” and look at the pitcher’s chest or face until just before he releases the pitch… By moving your eyes to an area closer to his release point, you give yourself a fraction of a second more time to “see” the pitch and notice any subtle changes in his delivery.

      In hitting, that fraction of a second advantage in pitch recognition could mean the difference between a screaming line drive and a weak chopper back to the box.

  • Tony says:

    Why Aren’t There A Lot Of Good Baseball Players Compared To The Past? What about other sports if we look at it?

    Football: Brett Favre is the best player of all time in many cases. But there are several players that have a good shot at being the next Brett Favre, such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Cam Newton, etc.

    Basketball: Michael Jordan is the best player of all time. However, there are quite a few players that don’t follow to far behind him that are active. Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, etc are all players that have a shot at being the next Jordan.

    Hockey: Wayne Gretzky is the best hockey player ever. But Sidney Crosby, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Malkin, Patrick Kane, etc, these players don’t follow very far from him.

    Baseball: Babe Ruth is the best right? Well Barry Bonds tried to be the next Babe Ruth but the only stat that he is better than him at is home runs. And what about other active players like A-Rod, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Miguel Cabrera, etc. These players are not close to being Babe Ruth. Sure enough, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s HR record, but he is still not better than him. Also, Babe Ruth can pitch very well. Are there going to be anymore MLB players that can pitch better than him? His ERA is lower than most pitchers ERA. Plus his batting average is .342, even more accurately than what a slap hitter like Tony Gwynn can get.

    And guess what all of the best players have in common besides Babe Ruth? They were all born way after Babe Ruth died. I mean seriously, most of us didn’t live to see him play or even live. And no active player in any of the sports (excluding managers or coaches) lived to see him.

    Why are most of the biggest baseball records, way in the past? Why aren’t there a lot of records broken in the present day?
    You said my point. I was exactly asking why does the 1900s-1920s have so many great baseball players compared to today?

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