By Sheila Dwyer, Knee1 Staff
Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres is expected to announce his retirement from baseball on Thursday, June 28th, after 20 seasons with the team. He will retire at the end of this season.
Gwynn, 41, is considered by some to be the best hitter of his generation. He has played for the Padres for 20 years. Though team officials have not confirmed his retirement, teammate Rickey Henderson alluded to it on Wednesday night in Denver. “He told me he was going to announce it, I think when we get back home,” Henderson said after their game against the Colorado Rockies.
Gwynn has been on the disabled list since May 10th with a hamstring injury. The outfielder has dealt with a host of injuries over the past several years. He has undergone six knee surgeries, his most recent one last year, which limited his playing time.
This season, Gwynn played in only 16 games, making 16 hits in 48 at-bats. He is an eight time National League batting champion and ranked 16th in baseball history with 3,124 hits. Last season, Gwynn hit above .300 for the 18th season in a row, breaking Honus Wagner’s National League record.
If he announces his retirement, Gwynn will play his last game at San Francisco’s Pac Bell Park on September 30th. “Nobody wants to believe it now,” Gwynn told Baseball Weekly this week, “but I knew this would be my last year before the year started. It was predetermined. No matter what I did this year, I knew it would be my last. I’ll have a press conference to get it off my chest, and then I’ll be at peace.”
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