How great was Gwynn at the plate? Let us count the ways.
San Diego Padres legend and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died after a battle with salivary gland cancer. The Padres announced his death Monday. He was 54.
Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters in the modern era and the last to seriously challenge a .400 batting average when he hit .394 in a strike-shortened season in 1994.
Known for his welcoming personality as much as his prowess at the plate, Gwynn accumulated 3,141 hits, won eight National League batting titles, earned 15 All-Star nods and won four Gold Gloves from 1982-2001.
He was arguably the best pure hitter since Ted Williams, the last batter to hit .400. Fans and sports reporters shared some of the more ridiculous and wild numbers to put Gwynn’s achievements in perspective.
Tony Gwynn dies at the age of 54. Gwynn only struck out 434 times in his career, 2nd-fewest of any member of the 3,000-hit club (Paul Waner)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn hit .300 in 18 consecutive seasons from 1983 to 2000. Only Ty Cobb (23 straight) had a longer such streak.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 16, 2014
In Tony Gwynn's career, he had 1 3-strikeout game. There were 11 yesterday in the majors. 1 of those was a 4 K game, which Gwynn never did.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 16, 2014
Box score of only game (out of 2,440) where Tony Gwynn struck out 3x - the pitcher who did it? Bob Welch. http://t.co/DAico1vmrG— Josh Kelman (@JoshKelman) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn struck out 434 times over 9,288 career at-bats. That is not a misprint.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn hit .338 for his career. Every other hitter who finished with a batting average that high started his career in 1939 or earlier.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 16, 2014
Highest career BA for players active after WW2: 1) Ted Williams .344 2) #TonyGwynn .338 3) Musial .331 4) Boggs .328 5) Rod Carew .328— Eric Berman (@WIBC_EricBerman) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn career against Maddux, Glavine, Ryan, Smoltz, Eckersley, Pedro Martinez: 140 hits, 382 ABs, .36649 BA.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn (.302) is only player in our data to hit over .300 in 2-strike counts. Next best: .262 by Boggs: http://t.co/wIkfQ0tCmN— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) June 16, 2014
Since 1980, 26 players have had at least 10,000 plate appearances. Only four struck out <10% of their at-bats. Gwynn leads them all at 4.2%.— Jeff (BPredict) (@BPredict) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn’s season-high in home runs was 17. He hit .372 that particular year. He was 37.— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn didn't play baseball as a freshman at SDSU. He wanted to focus on basketball: https://t.co/Cls84TLRly Still holds assists records— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) June 16, 2014