Memorable encounter with Mr. Padre

Recalling a discussion from nearly 20 years ago with Tony Gwynn about hitting

Originally Published: June 16, 2014
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The reflections on Tony Gwynn's life will inevitably focus on his eight career batting titles, his spirited debates on hitting with Ted Williams and the artistry he summoned to line all those singles between shortstop and third base -- the patch of dirt he lovingly referred to as the "5.5 hole." And that makes perfect sense, because Gwynn's skill with a bat defined him through two decades in the majors and carried him to Cooperstown in 2007 with 97.6 percent of the vote.

But for those of ...

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