Tony Gwynn turns 49 years old today.
Gwynn is undoubtedly one of the greatest hitters to play professional baseball. An extremely disciplined hitter that used all areas of the field to collect his 3,141 career hits, Gwynn was a master at the plate. With a lifetime batting average of .338, Gwynn has the highest batting average of any player to debut during the 1980′s – and there are some impressive players that he eclipsed!
Today Gwynn is the head baseball coach at San Diego State University, his alma mater. Could you imagine having him as your coach? The daily teaching and instruction would be incredible. Who else would you want to learn how to hit from?
For Mr. Gwynn’s birthday I would like to give him 1 more season in the big leagues during the prime of his batting excellence. Gwynn averaged 157 hits per year, but at his peak he was crushing 200+ annually. If Gwynn had another 200+ hit season under his belt, he would vault from #18 on the all-time hit list to cracking the Top 10 in either the 8th or 9th spot. And that is a gift he deserves!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Gwynn!!