Earlier this year, Major League Baseball said an unfortunate goodbye to one of the greatest hitters of the last generation with the death of Tony Gwynn at the age of 54. A Hall of Famer and memorable icon to anyone watching the game today, it was noticeable to many that FOX never mentioned the passing of Gwynn or held a moment of silence for the former Padre star during the 2014 MLB All-Star Game broadcast.
Seriously no mention of Tony Gwynn or Don Zimmer tonight? Absolutely terrible by MLB.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) July 16, 2014
Ted Williams died the week before 2002 ASG and had MVP immediately named after him. MLB had a month and did nothing for Tony Gwynn.— 'Duk (@KevinKaduk) July 16, 2014
I just assumed I missed a Tony Gwynn tribute. (I'm visiting family, missed lot of game.) There was NONE?— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) July 16, 2014
They really didn't say anything about Tony Gwynn all night?— J.A. Adande (@jadande) July 16, 2014
Fox did run a segment featuring former players' memories of Tony Gwynn during the pregame show on FS1. But nothing on actual broadcast.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) July 16, 2014
However, Adam Jones of the Orioles did find a way to honor Gwynn:
Photo of Jones' cap. pic.twitter.com/ME561pxBy9— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 16, 2014
The Padres tweeted out their own tribute to Gwynn. There were no words, but the message was powerful.