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A call to action: tobacco and MLB

The cancer that cost Tony Gwynn his life should force baseball to re-visit the issue

Originally Published: June 17, 2014
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Tony Gwynn was a kind, caring and welcoming man, constantly brimming with good humor and wonderful insight. He was a great ambassador for the game. Whether Gwynn was on or off the field, former teammate and current Padres batting coach Phil Plantier said, "He did everything the way you hoped everybody would."

That is true. Except, of course, for one thing. Like far too many other baseball players, Gwynn chewed tobacco. And that addiction is why we are mourning him now.

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