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No tribute or mention of Tony Gwynn Sr. at the 2014 All-Star game

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

This was known as the farewell for Derek Jeter. The New York Yankees legend was playing in his final All-Star game.

Yet, the MLB officials did nothing to either honor or mention a former legend’s name. Tony Gwynn Sr., who passed away in June, was not honored at Target Field.

Former San Diego Padre great Tony Gwynn waves to the fans during a pre-game ceremony before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks
Tony Gwynn waves to the fans during a pre-game ceremony before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Arizona Diamondbacks (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Was it because Gwynn was a National League player and the game was in an American League field? Was it because they forgot?

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Nobody really knows why nothing was done to honor Gwynn. We reached out to Major League Baseball for comment.

However, at the time of publication, we have not heard anything back from them.

Gwynn, who passed away on June 16th, died at 54-years-old of salivary gland cancer. He blamed his cancer from chewing tobacco.

At the very least, Major League Baseball could have shown a video and had a moment of silence in his honor. Instead, they chose not to honor the 15-time All-Star.

With the millions of dollars that MLB has, they could have flown in Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. to talk about his father at the game. The Baseball Hall of Famer played for the Padres from 1982 through 2001.

Following his retirement, he had been serving as the San Diego State Aztecs baseball head coach up until his death.

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Gwynn was inducted into the 2007 Hall of Fame Class. He was a first-ballot Hall of Famer with 97.6% of the vote.

He was an eight-time National League batting champion. He is a Padres Hall of Famer.

He also has his No. 19 jersey retired by the team.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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