Tony Gwynn's 3,000th hit came with no fanfare at all. A meaningless game played in front of a small crowd in Montreal on Aug. 6, 1999, against a now-defunct team, the Montreal Expos. But what a career Mr. Padre had.
Gwynn is one of those rare players who stayed with one team for his entire career, which spanned from 1982-2001. With a .338 career avg., he is the only Padre to compile an average of .300 or better during his tenure with the Padres (Bip Roberts was close at .298). He won a total of eight NL batting titles, including four straight from 1994-1997. In 1994, he hit a scintillating .394.
Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007, Gwynn's resume also includes:
•3,141 career hits
•7 Silver Slugger Awards
•5 Gold Gloves
Little did I know when I attended a Padre game on July 19, 1982 that I was witnessing the ML debut of the man who would go on to set the standard of excellence for the San Diego franchise. Great career Tony, and thanks for the memories.
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