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A Biography Of the Greatest Padre, Tony Gwynn


Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Height: 5-11
Weight: 225 lbs
Positions: Right Fielder, Designated Hitter
Born: May 9, 1960, Los Angeles, California
College: San Diego State


Dave Winfield may be the first player to go into the Hall of Fame as a Padre, but he definitely won't be the last. Tony can plan to be in Cooperstown exactly five years after he retires at the end of this season. Tony entered 2001, his 20th season, with a .338 lifetime batting average, 3,108 hits and eight National League batting titles. He's one of only 16 players in Major League history -- including just five in the National League -- who have played at least 20 seasons and spent their entire careers with one club. He announced shortly before the All-Star Game that he would retire following the 2001 season. A 15-time All-Star, Tony has hit at least .300 in an NL-record 18 consecutive seasons. Ty Cobb set the Major League mark when he topped .300 for 23 consecutive seasons in the American League from 1906-28. The only time that Tony has failed to reach the .300 mark at any level of his professional career was in 1982, when he hit "only" .289 as a Padres rookie. In addition to his eight NL batting titles (1984, 1987-89, 1994-97), he has led the league in hits seven times and has a lifetime average of .351 with runners in scoring position.
Tony made a real run at .400 in 1994 when he finished at .394. It was the highest average in the NL since Bill Terry hit .401 in 1930 and the best mark in the majors since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Tony, who was limited to a career-low 36 games in 2000 because of knee problems, became the 22nd player in big league history to collect 3,000 hits when he reached that milestone on August 6, 1999 in Montreal. He did it in 8,874 at-bats, sixth-fastest in ML history.
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