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Tony Gwynn (MLB Hall of Fame, R.I.P.)

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by Bucklion, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

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  2. matcar

    matcar Mostly banned

    Yeah seemed like great guy.
  3. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Damn. Never even knew he was that ill.

    Fuck cancer.
  4. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    Saw him play in the first-ever big league game I went to as a kid, back in 1990. He had two stolen bases in that game, which blows my mind.
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  5. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    Gwynn also played in the first MLB game I took my son to. He hit for the cycle in that one - only time I have ever seen that at the MLB level.

    Bert Blyleven struck out 16 including his 3,000 career strikeout in that same game. All of it lost on a five year old.
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  6. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun ‘18 Fantasy Baseball Champ


    Also heard that he could have went 0 for his next 1,191 AB's and still have a career BA over .300.

  7. NFBuck

    NFBuck Total Coverage.

    Best pure hitter I have ever watched. He only struck out something like 430 times in 9000+ at bats over 20 years. Amazing.
  8. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

  9. BayBuck

    BayBuck Buckeyes are best

    I once traded with a 4-year-old I babysat for Tony Gwynn's Topps rookie card (along with Kirby Puckett Topps and Fleer rookies)
    I regret nothing!

  10. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Love that card.
  11. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    The '83 Topps set was superb. Gwynn, Boggs, and Sandberg rookies, action photos, portraits, frames in the teams' colors. A set so awesome it was what started the baseball card boom in the '80s, so it was also the last set not to be completely debased by overprinting.
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  12. WyoBuck

    WyoBuck Junior

    Best pure hitter since Ted Williams, and there hasn't been one since.
  13. Bucklion

    Bucklion Throwback Staff Member Former Premier League Champ

    Agreed...along with 84 and 85 Topps football, that is my favorite set from my childhood.
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  14. Mike80


    I have a ball he autographed for me in 1993 at the All Star Fanfest in Baltimore somewhere in my parents attic. He was obviously very busy but he seemed to be a nice guy and was signing everything people put in front of him. As a ball player he was a class act all the way around. RIP.
  15. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    Credit where it's due:

    The ones that popped out to me:

    -From 1995, the year he turned 35, to 2001, the final year of his career, Gwynn hit .350, with 937 hits. He never stopped being productive at the plate.
    -(mentioned earlier) For his career batting average to slip below .300, Gwynn would have needed to add 1,183 hitless at-bats to his total — roughly the equivalent of two full seasons.
    -Of the 12 top batting seasons since the expansion era began in 1961, Gwynn owns four of them. Those are: .368 in 1995, .370 in 1987, .372 in 1997 and .394 in the strike-shortened 1994 season.
    -In 1994, Jeff Bagwell hit .368, the 13th best season since 1961, but didn't even win the NL batting title because Gwynn was nearly 30 points better.

    This combo is mind blowing
    -Gwynn had nine five-hit games in his career. Only Pete Rose had more, with 10. Gwynn also had 45 games with at least four hits. That puts him 10th on the all-time list.
    -In 2,440 career games, Gwynn had only 34 multi-strikeout games. So, the odds were better that Gwynn would get four hits than striking out twice. Let that sink in.

    Combo again
    -Gwynn's 434 career strikeouts are an amazing mark for a player who had 10,232 career plate appearances. Paul Waner is the only member of the 3,000 hit club to do better. He struck out 376 times in 10,766 plate appearances from 1926-1945.
    -For comparison's sake: Adam Dunn has struck out 486 times since the start of 2012. Mark Reynolds struck out exactly 434 times in 2009 and 2010.

    -In two-strike counts, Gwynn hit .302. That's a statistic that's only been measured since 1988, and since then, Gwynn's mark is easily the best. Wade Boggs, next on the list, hit .260 in two-strike counts.

    I don't know which of these is more impressive. Wow.

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