Padres compensate reverence to Hall of Famer Gwynn during Petco Park

The Padres paid reverence to Tony Gwynn before Wednesday’s home game, a initial during Petco Park given a Hall of Famer died during a age of 54 on Monday.

Gwynn, who was inducted into a Hall of Fame in 2007, played his whole career with a Padres, debuting as a 22-year-old in 1982. The career .338 hitter won 8 batting titles and finished with 3,141 hits, ranking 18th on a all-time list.

Before a diversion — a 2-1 feat over a Seattle Mariners — Padres players and coaches went out to Gwynn’s position in right field, stood behind a No. 19 embellished onto a field, and private their caps during a 19-second impulse of silence. 

Mark Martinez, Gwynn’s tip partner during San Diego State, threw a rite initial representation to San Diego skipper Bud Black, who was Gwynn’s teammate with a Aztecs for one season. 

“Our city is a small darker currently though him though immeasurably improved given of him,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer pronounced in a matter a day Gwynn died of verbal cancer.

National ball columnist Scott Miller of FOX Sports’ San Diego was right on when he wrote on Tuesday:

Tying to report a huge detriment of Tony Gwynn is an enormously mislaid cause. It’s like we woke adult one morning and Balboa Park was gone. Or Moonlight Beach. Or any other San Diego landmark that fell somewhere between a county value and a healthy resource.

Tony Gwynn was both. He was adult there somewhere between a moon and a stars in a world. Or, as Padres executive authority Ron Fowler pronounced so eloquently, “the usually thing some-more constant in San Diego than fever was Tony Gwynn.”

Gwynn struck out usually 434 times in 9,288 career at-bats. He played in San Diego’s usually dual World Series — batting a total .371 — and was a 15-time All-Star. He had a noted home run in Game 1 of a 1998 World Series off associate San Diegan David Wells, and scored a winning run in a 1994 All-Star Game notwithstanding a crippled knee.

Gwynn never strike next .309 in a full season. He widespread out his batting titles from 1984, when he batted .351, to 1997, when he strike .372.

Gwynn was attack .394 when a players’ strike finished a 1994 season, denying him a shot during apropos a initial actor to strike .400 given San Diego local Ted Williams strike .406 in 1941.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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