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This seems a fitting way to honor Tony Gwynn just days after he passed away from cancer.
"Mr. Padre" played all of his 20 MLB seasons in San Diego, putting together one of the best offensive careers in league history.
In a league with nine-figure contracts, Gwynn stayed put with his small-market team despite being a 15-time All-Star, eight-time NL batting champion and collecting 3,141 hits. He was one of the best contact hitters in baseball history, striking out just 434 times in his career. To give some perspective, Mark Reynolds totaled 434 strikeouts in the 2009 and 2010 seasons combined.
San Diego made the playoffs just three times with Gwynn, reaching and losing the World Series in 1984 and 1998.
He once said, "I don't think I could say to the Padres, `Hey, I want you guys to trade me.' Winning wouldn't mean as much to me doing it in somebody else's uniform, especially if I went there in the middle of the season. I think that would be a little weird."
Gwynn truly felt the bond between player and organization and even stayed in San Diego after his playing career to coach his alma mater, San Diego State University.