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See also Tony Gwynn Jr.


Full Name: Anthony Keith Gwynn, Sr. Primary Position: OF,RF
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/185 First Game: July 19, 1982
Birthdate: May 9, 1960 Final Game: October 7, 2001
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California MLB Experience: 20 years
Bat/Throw: Left/Left
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Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007


Biography

Anthony "Tony" Keith Gwynn was born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, California and played his entire Hall of Fame career in right field with the San Diego Padres. Gwynn was not a standard model right fielder. He was not a prototypical slugger and also had a somewhat chubby frame and spoke in a soft voice. But Gwynn was blessed with amazing hand-eye coordination and a great batting eye. Gwynn also had deceptive speed, stealing a career high of 56 bases in 1987. He also worked hard to become one of the better outfielders in the game, earning 5 Gold Gloves as well.

Tony Gwynn led the National League in batting average on a record-tying 8 occasions, topping out at a whopping .394 during the strike-shortened 1994 season. He finished his career with a .338 average. That .338 average is 20th on the all-time career list, but first among all players who started their career after World War II.

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Tony Gwynn never won an MVP award, but did garner MVP votes in 12 separate seasons. After his career ended, he returned to San Diego State University to coach the baseball team in the school's home stadium, aptly named Tony Gwynn Stadium. He also does color commentary for ESPN on occasion.

Tony Gwynn is brother of former MLB player Chris Gwynn, father of Tony Gwynn Jr and also father of R&B artist Anisha Nicole.

Scouting Report

An amazing contact hitter with outstanding bat control... Gwynn's willingness to walk was average at best, but his understanding of the strike zone was tremendous... Not a particularly powerful hitter, but added above-average power in the second half of his career... A slow baserunner, but very smart on the basepaths... An average defender until he lost his range at the tail end of his career... One of the best pure contact hitters ever.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1982 SD N 54 190 33 55 1 17 .289 .337 .389 12 2 14 16 0 4 8 0 5
1983 SD N 86 304 34 94 1 37 .309 .355 .372 12 2 23 21 0 4 7 5 9
1984 SD N 158 606 88 213 5 71 .351 .410 .444 21 10 59 23 2 6 33 13 15
1985 SD N 154 622 90 197 6 46 .317 .364 .408 29 5 45 33 2 1 14 4 17
1986 SD N 160 642 107 211 14 59 .329 .381 .467 33 7 52 35 3 2 37 11 20
1987 SD N 157 589 119 218 7 54 .370 .447 .511 36 13 82 35 3 2 56 26 13
1988 SD N 133 521 64 163 7 70 .313 .373 .415 22 5 51 40 0 4 26 13 11
1989 SD N 158 604 82 203 4 62 .336 .389 .424 27 7 56 30 1 11 40 16 12
1990 SD N 141 573 79 177 4 72 .309 .357 .415 29 10 44 23 1 7 17 20 13
1991 SD N 134 530 69 168 4 62 .317 .355 .432 27 11 34 19 0 0 8 8 11
1992 SD N 128 520 77 165 6 41 .317 .371 .415 27 3 46 16 0 0 3 12 13
1993 SD N 122 489 70 175 7 59 .358 .398 .497 41 3 36 19 1 1 14 11 18
1994 SD N 110 419 79 165 12 64 .394 .454 .568 35 1 48 19 2 1 5 16 20
1995 SD N 135 535 82 197 9 90 .368 .404 .484 33 1 35 15 1 0 17 10 20
1996 SD N 116 451 67 159 3 50 .353 .400 .441 27 2 39 17 1 1 11 12 17
1997 SD N 149 592 97 220 17 119 .372 .409 .547 49 2 43 28 3 1 12 12 12
1998 SD N 127 461 65 148 16 69 .321 .364 .501 35 0 35 18 1 0 3 6 14
1999 SD N 111 411 59 139 10 62 .338 .381 .477 27 0 29 14 2 0 7 5 15
2000 SD N 36 127 17 41 1 17 .323 .364 .441 12 0 9 4 1 0 0 2 4
2001 SD N 71 102 5 33 1 17 .324 .384 .461 9 1 10 9 0 0 1 1 1
Total 2440 9288 1383 3141 135 1138 .338 .388 .459 543 85 790 434 24 45 319 203 260

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1982 SD N LF 24 11 112 27 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1982 SD N OF 52 47 421.1 110 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1982 SD N RF 13 11 99.1 18 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1982 SD N CF 28 25 210 63 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1983 SD N RF 55 52 467.2 98 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1983 SD N LF 27 22 205 42 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1983 SD N OF 81 78 708 163 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .994
1983 SD N CF 5 4 35.1 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1984 SD N OF 156 155 1338.1 345 11 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1984 SD N RF 156 155 1337.1 343 12 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1984 SD N CF 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
1985 SD N OF 152 152 1334.1 337 14 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1985 SD N RF 152 152 1334.1 332 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1986 SD N RF 160 158 1396.1 335 21 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1986 SD N OF 160 158 1396.1 337 19 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1987 SD N OF 156 154 1328.2 298 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1987 SD N RF 156 154 1328.2 300 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1988 SD N OF 133 133 1173.1 264 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1988 SD N RF 102 101 893.1 189 7 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1988 SD N CF 32 32 280 76 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .987
1989 SD N OF 157 156 1379.1 353 13 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1989 SD N CF 86 86 746.1 215 6 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1989 SD N RF 72 70 633 139 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1990 SD N OF 141 141 1265.2 327 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1990 SD N RF 141 141 1265.2 328 11 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1991 SD N RF 134 133 1175.2 290 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1991 SD N OF 134 133 1175.2 291 8 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1992 SD N OF 127 127 1128 270 9 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1992 SD N RF 127 127 1128 270 9 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1993 SD N OF 121 119 1016.2 244 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1993 SD N RF 121 119 1012.1 242 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1993 SD N CF 4 0 4.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1994 SD N CF 1 1 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1994 SD N OF 106 105 908.2 191 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1994 SD N RF 105 104 899.2 191 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .985
1995 SD N OF 133 132 1126.2 245 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1995 SD N RF 133 132 1126.2 241 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .992
1996 SD N OF 111 109 960 182 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1996 SD N RF 111 109 960 182 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .989
1997 SD N RF 143 143 1203.1 218 8 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1997 SD N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1997 SD N OF 143 143 1203.1 218 8 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1998 SD N RF 116 115 902 141 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1998 SD N DH 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1998 SD N OF 116 115 902 142 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1999 SD N RF 104 104 806.1 146 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
1999 SD N DH 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 SD N OF 104 104 806.1 147 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .993
2000 SD N RF 26 26 201.2 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2000 SD N DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 SD N OF 26 26 201.2 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 SD N RF 17 16 103 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2001 SD N DH 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 SD N OF 17 16 103 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total DH 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 2144 2122 18274.1 4051 148 56 24 0 0 0 0 0 .987
Total LF 51 33 317 69 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total CF 157 148 1286 376 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total OF 2326 2303 19877.1 4512 160 62 26 0 0 0 0 0 .987

Transactions

  • Selected by San Diego Padres in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 8, 1981 - signed June 16, 1981).
  • Granted free agency (October 31, 2000).
  • Signed by San Diego Padres (December 7, 2000).
  • Granted free agency (November 5, 2001).

Trivia

  • Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Member of the 3,000 Hit Club


See also

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