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What they’re saying about the passing of Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn plaque

As soon as the news broke about the passing of the great Tony Gwynn a tremendous outpouring of emotion and admiration flooded baseball’s corner of the Internet. Here is a sampling of some of the sentiment from the past few minutes:

We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre.

— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 16, 2014

So sad to hear of Tony Gwynns passing, great player, great man... Prayers to his family — Tom Glavine (@Tom_Glavine) June 16, 2014

We talked hitting every time I saw him.Questions after questions.A true friend. So sad to hear the passing of Tony Gwynn. May he RIP.

— Yonder Alonso (@YonderalonsoU) June 16, 2014

Sad times. Tony Gwynn was a super hero in a lot of people’s eyes, including mine. Prayers go out to his family and friends. — Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) June 16, 2014

Sad day in baseball..We lost one of the greatest hitters that ever played! Tony Gwynn you will be missed by many! Prayers out to his family! — Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) June 16, 2014

Whenever anyone asked about my favorite player I covered on a beat, the answer was always, always Tony Gwynn..can’t believe he’s gone... — Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn’s locker was like your favorite neighborhood grocery, everyone welcome, everyone treated as an equal... — Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) June 16, 2014

You will hear a ton of amazing stories today about what a #HOF person Tony Gwynn was. Every single one of them will be true. Every one. — Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn struck out 434 times over 9,288 career at-bats. That is not a misprint. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn’s career highs: Steals 56 Doubles 49 Strikeouts 40 — Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 16, 2014

In his 20-year career, Tony Gwynn compiled more plate appearances vs. Greg Maddux than any other pitcher (107). Not once did he strike out.

— MLB (@MLB) June 16, 2014

Tony Gwynn hit .444 with the bases loaded in his career. No mercy. — Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) June 16, 2014

RIP Tony Gwynn. Best pure hitter of our generation. No debate. — Kevin Goldstein (@Kevin_Goldstein) June 16, 2014

RIP Tony Gwynn you break my heart bubba I love you forever

— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) June 16, 2014

With all San Diego, we mourn loss of Padre great Tony Gwynn. Jersey on County bldg. for ’07 Hall of Fame induction:

— SanDiegoCounty (@SanDiegoCounty) June 16, 2014