• Gwynn had six straight seasons (and eight altogether) in which
he struck out fewer than 20 times. Did you know there were 97
hitters in the big leagues who whiffed at least 20 times just
• Finally, what does it mean to have piled up a .338 batting
average over a 20-year career, over 9,288 at-bats? It means Tony
Gwynn would have had to go 0-for-his-next-1,183 to get his average
to fall under .300 (and even then, it would have “plummeted” to a
mere .29997). We kid you not.
So sad. Gwynn was everything: an amazing athlete, great competitor, and a nice guy.