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SnakeBytes 6/16: Tony Gwynn

The world lost a great one when Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died in a hospital last night. He had taken a leave of absence from coaching and was battling cancer from which he said was from chewing tobacco. The D-backs return home to face the Brewers.

RIP Tony Gwynn
RIP Tony Gwynn
Jim McIsaac


It wasn't much fun, but I battled. Been going out there throwing the ball 80-84, and 84 is when I've been feeling sexy, which is ridiculous. I'm just getting outs on location and just being comfortable enough in that environment to throw a bunch of slop up there and get guys out.

- Bronson Arroyo

That guy has more guts than anybody in this clubhouse. He goes out there and I literally could catch him barehanded, and he's still going out there and giving you his best. He gives you all he's got that day to help the team to win a ballgame and that's why he's a winner. He's definitely a winner, and he's been a winner his entire career. He's a competitor. He goes out there and some way or another, he gets it done.

- Miguel Montero

Daily D-backs

Arroyo labors; holds off Dodgers |
Battling an aching elbow and pitching with diminished velocity, Arroyo found a way to get through five innings as the D-backs beat the Dodgers, 6-3, on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Paul Goldschmidt climbs into lead in All-Star voting |
Don't look now, but D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is in position to start the 2014 All-Star Game. Goldschmidt overtook the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez for the lead at first base in the National League All-Star balloting, which was released Sunday.

Tuffy stays ready, earning more playing time |
As the season wears on, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson is likely to give starting catcher Miguel Montero additional days off. When he does, you can expect backup Tuffy Gosewisch to be ready.

Prado ponders reaching 1,000 hits on homer |
It was not an event that D-backs third baseman Martin Prado felt like commemorating in the midst of a disappointing loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night, but Sunday morning he reflected on the 1,000th hit of his career.

McCarthy looks to bounce back vs. Brewers |
After an unexpected three-day trip home to the Dominican Republic to tend to a family matter, Wily Peralta was back in the Brewers' clubhouse on Sunday and said he was ready to go for his start on Monday in the team's series opener against Arizona.

Around the MLB

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dead at 54 | FOX Sports on MSN
Tony Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday. He was 54. Gwynn, nicknamed "Mr. Padre," had been on a medical leave since late March from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater. He died at a hospital in suburban Poway, agent John Boggs said.

Daniel Bard’s Career Hits Rock Bottom |
Daniel Bard's once-promising career has hit rock bottom. Bard, who was one of Major League Baseball's premier setup men from 2009 through 2011 while with the Boston Red Sox, currently is pitching for the Hickory Crawdads, a Single-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

Listen To Tony Gwynn And Ted Williams Talk Hitting
Here's a brief audio clip from a 1997 conversation between Tony Gwynn and Ted Williams, two of the greatest hitters to ever play the game. It's always fun to listen to two geniuses shoot the shit about their craft, but the highlight of this clip is definitely Williams reeling of a string of incredulous expletives upon finding out how much Gwynn weighs.


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