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New York Yankees Honor Tony Gwynn Before Tuesday Night’s Game Vs. Toronto Blue Jays

June 17th, 2014 at 7:59 PM
By Doug Rush

On Monday, the baseball world lost a Hall of Famer, a great hitter and overall great person with the passing of Tony Gwynn, who was only 54 years old. Gwynn passed away after a long battle of cancer that developed in his cheek.

Ever since the unfortunate news came from Gwynn's passing, teams all over the league have been honoring the long-time and former San Diego Padres outfielder; the Seattle Mariners, who were hosting the Padres at Safeco Field this week, put a number 19 on the field to honor him; Gwynn's number with San Diego was 19.

On Tuesday night, just before they kicked off their series with the Toronto Blue Jays, the New York Yankees honored Gwynn with his picture being posted on the jumbo-tron in center field and a moment of silence was held for his passing.

Gwynn, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, had a career .338 batting average and had 3,141 hits from 1982 until his retirement in 2001.

Gwynn, who was known as "Mr. Padre," was a part of the Padres team that was swept by the Yankees in the 1998 World Series. In that series, Gwynn hit .500 (8-for-16) with a home run and three RBI.

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