Monday morning came with heavy news for the Major League Baseball family, and baseball fans around the world. Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at the young age of 54. Gwynn lost his battle with cancer just a day after Father’s Day.
Mr. Padre’s passing was first reported by MLB.com columnist Barry M. Bloom, who received word from Gwynn’s agent, John Boggs.
Tony Gwynn has died, his agent John Boggs just told me. It was the phone call I’ve been dreading. God bless, Mr. Padre. I love you. @Padres
— Barry M. Bloom (@Boomskie) June 16, 2014
As the news broke, Twitter instantly turned its attention to remembering one of the greatest and most-respected players to ever grace the diamond.
So sad to hear about Tony Gwynn. Great guy, beautiful swing — Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 16, 2014
RIP Tony Gwynn. One of the greatest hitters I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. — Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) June 16, 2014
So sad to learn of tony Gwynn passing. One of the nicest people I’ve met in all of sports. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) June 16, 2014
Prayers and thoughts go out to the Gwynn family for the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sr. Great man and he will be missed. — Nomar Garciaparra (@Nomar5) June 16, 2014
Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 16, 2014
“Can’t live on yesterday, you have to go out and prove yourself everyday!!” -Tony Gwynn #RIP
— Bryan Harper (@BryanHarper45) June 16, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to Tony Gwynns family. Baseball lost a great one today but he will never be forgotten. RIP TONY GWYNN — Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) June 16, 2014
Sad day in baseball..We lost one of the greatest hitters that ever played! Tony Gwynn you will be missed by many! Prayers out to his family! — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 16, 2014
Even more than Tony Gwynn’s swing, I’ll remember his laugh..the greatest, most welcoming laugh in sports..helped me survive tough clubhouses
— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) June 16, 2014
Sad times. Tony Gwynn was a super hero in a lot of people’s eyes, including mine. Prayers go out to his family and friends.
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) June 16, 2014
Saddened by the death of Tony Gwynn. Saw his 3000th hit in person. Better yet, got to hear many lessons on the art of hitting from him. — J.A. Adande (@jadande) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn. Great hitter, great coach, great man. I still have his poster that hung in my bedroom when I was a kid. RIP. — Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) June 16, 2014
Former Padres legend Tony Gwynn is gone at age 54, way too soon. RIP.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 16, 2014
Wow. Sad to hear of the passing of Tony Gwynn. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of the baseball family.
— Evan Longoria (@Evan3Longoria) June 16, 2014
What a terribly sad day: Tony Gwynn, a dad and husband and a great friend, has passed away. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 16, 2014
RIP Tony Gwynn. Got to know him well when I was working in minor league baseball in San Diego, was gentleman. True baseball icon. — Ronnie 2K 2K15 (@Ronnie2K) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn… the nicest guy to ever set foot in a baseball clubhouse. Rest in peace, Hall of Famer.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) June 16, 2014
Gwynn finished his career as a 15 time All-Star, five time Gold Glove Award winner, seven time Silver Slugger Award winner, eight time National League batting champion, and the recipient of the 1999 Roberto Clemente Award. He registered a career batting average of .338, with 3,141 hits, 135 home runs, and 1,138 RBIs.
He is a legend that will continue to live on despite being taken from the world way too early.