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MLB confirms this morning that Tony Gwynn has passed at 54 years old after battling cancer.

Once a Padre, always a Padre. I will always remember his trademark voice. Such a great guy and a great hitter. Baseball definitely loses one of the best today.

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Growing up in San Diego; him, Dave Winfield and Kellen Winslow Sr were guys I always looked up to. This one hurts...

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Oh man, I had no idea his health had deteriorated so badly in recent years. Brutal loss, he was only 54 years old.

Gwynn always seemed like the friendliest guy around and of course he was an exceptional hitter. He's the definition of the 'professional hitter' term the announcers throw around too often nowadays. RIP Mr. Padre, you'll be sorely missed.

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My favorite player from childhood.

Got to see him homer off Maddux at the murph when in town for Comicon.

Dont think thst was the year when i went to a game with guruzim.

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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    My favorite player from childhood.

    Got to see him homer off Maddux at the murph when in town for Comicon.

    Dont think thst was the year when i went to a game with guruzim.

Oliver Perez started, which means it was probably this game that we saw together.

I don't have a lot to say about Gwynn. This is hard for me - I'm conflicted. On the one hand, I have to admit I used to heckle him. On the other hand, I heckled him because he let himself go and because he could have been so much better. I always knew he was an amazing talent and it hurts to see him go.

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