Tony Gwynn, Hall of Famer and Padres icon, passed away on Monday at the age of 54. His death was announced by MLB on Twitter. "A star baseball and basketball player in college, Tony Gwynn opted for the diamond and fashioned a stellar 20-year career with the San Diego Padres," Gwynn's bio in the Baseball Hall of Fame states. "Gwynn's mastery of slapping the ball between the third baseman and shortstop, what the lefty called the "5.5 hole," propelled him to 3,141 career hits, a lifetime .338 batting average and eight batting crowns, an NL record he shares with Honus Wagner. A true student of hitting, Gwynn was an early advocate of using videotape to study his swing, while his five outfield Gold Glove Awards, 319 career stolen bases and 15 All-Star Game selections attest to his superior all-around play." Gwynn notched more than 3,100 hits during a Major League Baseball career spanning two decades. He had been fighting salivary gland cancer."We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn," the San Diego Padres posted on Twitter. "Rest in peace, Mr. Padre."Gwynn had been on medical leave since late March while recovering from cancer treatment. He took over the program at his alma mater after the 2002 season.
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