— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 16, 2014
The MLB community shared their emotions.
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
Today we lost a great baseball player today one that was awesome to watch and hear about. The great Tony Gwynn. Prayers with him and family— Derek Holland (@Dutch_Oven45) June 16, 2014
Saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. Another legends life cut short by the hands of cancer. Rest in peace 19. #NVRQT— Jon Lester (@JLester31) 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
People tweeted about his incredible MLB career.
Just sitting here goggling at Tony Gwynn's stats. http://t.co/XmBpsbdCaa And it sounds like he was as good a man as a player. Way too young— Emma Span (@emmaspan) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn never struck out more than 40 times in a season. Ever.— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn struck out 434 times in 10,232 plate appearances. He faced Pedro 36 times, never K’d. Schilling 43 times, 2 K’s. Wow.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn hit .300 in 18 consecutive seasons from 1983 to 2000. Only Ty Cobb (23 straight) had a longer such streak.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 16, 2014
Tony Gwynn was the best pure hitter I ever faced! Condolences to his family.— greg maddux (@gregmaddux) June 16, 2014
But mostly, it was about how much Tony Gwynn meant to us.
R.I.P, Tony Gwynn. You were the only person to ever wear a pair of Oakleys well.— TEDDY GOOALSEVELT (@edsbs) June 16, 2014
Aw nuts, Tony Gwynn died. Not only was he awesome, but if you watched him when you were little, he looked like a teddy bear playing baseball— Jeb Lund (@Mobute) June 16, 2014
must have paged through tony gwynn’s the art of hitting hundreds of times it’s still down in my office along with a framed picture of him— martin rickman (@martinrickman) June 16, 2014
Used to go to Expos games 3 hours early to get autographs. Tony Gwynn was BY FAR the nicest star player I met doing that. RIP #19.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 16, 2014
I met Tony Gwynn when I worked for the @Padres as a teenager. He was a hero and a good man. And a role model for everyone.— Margarita N⚽riega (@margafret) June 16, 2014
Talking about Tony Gwynn with the guy sitting next to me on the flight. He's starting every sentence with, "when I was your age." Sad news.— Cee Angi (@CeeAngi) June 16, 2014
Today I lost my Dad, my best friend and my mentor. I'm gonna miss u so much pops. I'm gonna do everything in my power to continue to...— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014
Make u proud!— Tony Gwynn Jr. (@tonygwynnjr) June 16, 2014