By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has passed away. He was 54.
An official cause of death has not been determined yet. However, according to reports, he died of cancer.
In recent years, the legendary San Diego Padres player had surgery as he was dealing with cancer of the mouth and salivary glands.
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Gwynn had been serving as the head baseball coach of San Diego State University. However, due to his health condition, he had been on medical leave.
“I always try to get in an ‘I love you,’” Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. said in a recent interview about his father with CSNPhilly. “For a while, that was uncomfortable for me, I don’t know why. But since 2010, it hasn’t been uncomfortable. It’s something I want to make sure I get in because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Gwynn played 20 seasons with the Padres. He began his career in 1982 before retiring after the 2001 season.
He was a 15-time All-Star. He was also a five-time Gold Glove winner and a seven-time Silver Slugger.
In his career, he had a .338 batting average with 135 home runs and 1,138 RBIs in 2,440 games. Gwynn had a home run each during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
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The last time he hit double-figure home runs was during the 1999 season when he hit 10 home runs. He had a career-high 17 home runs during the 1997 season.
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