|HALL OF FAME - 2007|
One of the game's all-time best hitters, Gwynn fits my player collection profile. I love base-stealing hitters. [Though oddly enough, I do NOT collect Rickey Henderson.] Tony was a thief over the first several years of his career. Leg injuries and weight gain took what speed he had away. I never watched the Padres unless they played the Braves or Cubs. Tony was another player I collected because he was good. Wasn't I suppose to collect him? [If you've read the first three rounds of DDD, you might notice a pattern developing.]
Unless you're new to the game, you know Gwynn's career is legendary. Mr. Padre played 20 years for the same franchise, ending his career with a .328 BA; 3141 hits; 319 stolen bases and 135 long balls. He struck out only 434 times in total! White Sox Yuan Moncada had 217 SOs in 2018 alone. Stanton was right behind with 211!
The strike of '94 ended what may have been the closest attempt to hitting .400 any player will ever have again. The season officially ended on August 12th that year with Tony batting .394! The question will always remain: could Tony have have hit or surpassed a .400 BA that year? Ted Williams was the last to do so - in 1941. Gwynn did have 19 consecutive seasons hitting .300 or better.
|Five Gold Gloves and 15 All Star Appearances|
|Stole 56 bases in 1987|
|May 9, 1960 - June 16, 2014|
So why are these cards up for grabs? Am I cracked? Freeing up space? Shedding dupes? Only I know the answer.
THE FINE PRINT
Do you want these cards? If so, you must be a regular reader with a USA mailing address, be the Card Papoy or a regular Canadian reader. No contest hounds. The rules are simple: determine why I’m giving away these cards. You must comment with a correct response to have a chance via Randomizer. Your only response choices are:
The next edition of Dupe, Dump or Dwindle will reveal the reason for the removal of these cards from my collection, and our randomized winner. Remember, only correct responses will be randomized.
Do you need any of these cards? Leave one of the only three correct responses for a chance to win a stack of Tony Gwynn cardboard.
I'll wait at least a week to close out this edition's commentary with my own response noting the end of this round.