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Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

Posted on: July 26, 2009 7:50 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2009 10:08 pm
 

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn was absent from induction ceremonies this weekend as he recovers from gastric surgery.

Gwynn, who has battled his weight for several years, underwent the surgery last Monday in San Diego and is expected to be hospitalized for another few days.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, aside from aiding in losing weight, gastric surgery also can help conditions associated with "Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, high-blood pressure, high-blood cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease."

Currently the baseball coach at San Diego State University, Gwynn, 49, has a small window of time in which to schedule such a procedure between fall practice, the spring season and recruiting.

Of the 65 living Hall of Famers, 50 were in attendance Sunday as Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon were inducted.

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Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2009 9:06 pm
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

I hope Tony Gwynn gets well as fast as possible.  As a baseball player I  really enjoyed watching him hit even though i was very young.  my father thought highly enough of him to try and teach me to hit the way he does.  When i was ten i read his book The Art of Hitting, and it really helped me learn that anyone can pull the ball for power, but a great hitter can go to the opposite field, which is what he made a career of. 




Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2009 8:28 pm
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

tony     i have been a fan of  yours   since you  played  basketball   hope everything   is ok with you  and you are healthy    david collier



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2009 1:16 pm
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

Dont't get well soon... get well now! Good luck Tony! Thanks for the great memories, you sir, are a class act!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2009 12:22 pm
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

>>>TG likes too eat too much,

Oh, gee. Ya think?

Most overweight people are not overweight because they eat too much. They are overweight because they have slow metabolisms (sometimes compounded by the fact that they have large-framed bodies).

Men typically have faster metabolisms than women. That's why guys can chow down on three Big Macs, three things of Fries, and a couple of chocolate shakes and never gain an ounce. Then they hit the age of 40 and their metabolism slows down. But they think they can keep on eating the same old way, and they have a hard time controlling their appetite when they find out they can't.

Another reason for morbid obesity is psychological issues. People eat to feel better because of emotional issues going on in their lives.

So until you walka mile or so in an overweight person's shoes, don't go criticizing them.






Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2009 11:42 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

Truly an awesome man. Get well soon my friend.



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2009 10:59 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

TG likes too eat too much, stay away from all the drive throughs he goes,



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2009 10:52 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

Good luck and get well soon! You are one of the greatest hitters to play the game,  still the first person who comes to mind when I hear Padres, and a true class act.



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2009 10:10 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

I join the chorus of those hoping Tony Gwynn has an unremarkable recovery and am glad he is doing this, but the purpose of this gastric surgery is pretty much limited to helping him lose weight.  All the other things mentioned--Type 2 diabetes, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea and gastroesophageal reflux disease--improve because (and only after) the morbidly obese (and Gwynn is morbidly obese) loses weight.  Any person in the average range, or even the obese range, would not have gastric surgery to combat the diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc.

There's a lot more involved than getting the surgery done, and watching the pounds drop off.  I hope Gwynn lessens the demands of his hectic schedule.  Energy levels immediately after bypass surgery drop significantly because of the huge decrease in food consumption.  This decrease also often causes depression in the months after their operation because of the central role food plays in the emotional lives of most morbidly obese people.  Lastly, this food reduction means nutritional deficiencies are almost inevitable.  This, in and of itself, is not critical, but Gwynn will need to be sure to follow his doctor's recomendations and follow up as directed.

This is a good start for Tony Gwynn, but it is only a start.  I wish him well.  It won't be easy.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2009 9:42 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

Get well soon Tony! You are an asset to the history of baseball.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2009 7:50 am
 

Hall of Famer Gwynn recovering from surgery

get well soon. you're were always one of my favorire ball players.


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