SAN DIEGO, June 16 (UPI) -- One of the greatest San Padres players of all-time died Monday after a struggle with salivary gland cancer.
Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, "Mr. Padre," won eight National League batting titles during his 20 seasons in the majors and collected 3,141 hits.
We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2014
Gwynn, who stayed with the Padres for his entire career, retired in 2001 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. He had been working as the head baseball coach at San Diego State University.
Some of Gwynn's hitting numbers, including his .338 career batting average, are downright amazing.
At age 37, Tony Gwynn hit his age. RIP Mr. Padre pic.twitter.com/jpserSmP2p— jasoncollette (@jasoncollette) June 16, 2014
In 1995...Tony Gwynn hit .368....with just 15 strikeouts in 535 at bats.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) June 16, 2014
The #Padres have a lifetime team batting average of .251; without Tony Gwynn, their franchise average drops over 3.4 points.— Ace of MLB Stats (@AceballStats) June 16, 2014
"The whole experience was traumatic because I thought I had it beat, and dang, it came back," Gwynn said during a 2012 Hall of Fame visit.