We’ll never forget you, Mr. Padre

The San Diego Padres and baseball fans everywhere mourn the passing on Monday of Tony Gwynn at age 54. We invite you to share your memories and condolences below in the comments of this guestbook.

Tony was a friend to so many and simply one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. He spent all 20 of his Major League seasons with the Padres and went into the Hall of Fame with 3,141 hits, a .338 career average and eight National League batting titles. In recent years, he served as a part-time analyst on Padres telecasts.

Tony Gwynn“The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Tony Gwynn,” the club said in a statement. “There are no words to express what Tony means to this organization and this community. More than just Mr. Padre, Tony was Mr. San Diego. He cared deeply about our city and had a profound impact on our community. He forever will be remembered not only for his tremendous on-field accomplishments, but also for his infectious laugh, warm, outgoing personality and huge heart. On behalf of Padres fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a friend, a teammate and a legend. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the entire Gwynn family, including his wife, Alicia, his children, Tony Jr. and Anisha, and his grandchildren.”

“Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Tony was synonymous with San Diego Padres baseball, and with his .338 career batting average and eight batting titles, he led his beloved ballclub to its greatest heights, including two National League pennants.”