The baseball world reacts to Tony Gwynn's death

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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The baseball world lost a legend Monday, as Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died at the young age of 54. Here are some of the reactions about his great player and even better person.

Commissioner Bud Selig's statement:

"Major League Baseball today mourns the tragic loss of Tony Gwynn, the greatest Padre ever and one of the most accomplished hitters that our game has ever known, whose all-around excellence on the field was surpassed by his exuberant personality and genial disposition in life. Tony was synonymous with San Diego Padres baseball, and with his .338 career batting average and eight batting titles, he led his beloved ballclub to its greatest heights, including two National League pennants.

"Tony loved our game, the city of San Diego and his alma mater where he starred and coached, San Diego State University, and he was a part of a wonderful baseball family. His commitment to the children of San Diego made him a deserving recipient of our game's highest off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award, in 1999.

"For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the National Pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. On behalf of all of our Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Tony's wife Alicia, their son Tony Jr. of the Phillies, their daughter Anisha, the Padres franchise, his fans in San Diego and his many admirers throughout Baseball."

The Padres' statement:

“The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Tony Gwynn. There are no words to express what Tony means to this organization and this community. More than just Mr. Padre, Tony was Mr. San Diego. He cared deeply about our city and had a profound impact on our community. He forever will be remembered not only for his tremendous on-field accomplishments, but also for his infectious laugh, warm, outgoing personality and huge heart. On behalf of Padres fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a friend, a teammate and a legend. We send our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the entire Gwynn family, including his wife, Alicia, his children, Tony Jr. and Anisha, and his grandchildren.”

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler added, “Today, we mourn the loss of a man who shared our great pride in this city and who made us all proud to be San Diegans. For more than a generation, the only thing more dependable in San Diego than sunshine was Tony Gwynn. No player ever has or ever will put on a Padres jersey without feeling the spirit and passion of #19.”

Padres Lead Investor Peter Seidler said, “Tony was not only one of the greatest hitters the sport has ever seen, but also one of the greatest men to ever play the game. As a player who committed his entire career to one team and led the Padres to two National League pennants, Tony was admired and respected by all fans of the game. His smile will be forever etched in our hearts.”

The Padres announce that the Tony Gwynn statue at the Park at the Park will remain open until 11:30 p.m. tonight and Tuesday for fans who would like to pay their respects. Fans may enter through the East Village Gate at Petco Park.

Gwynn's son:

Stephen Strasburg, who Gwynn coached at San Diego State, called Gwynn a "father figure," via washingtonpost.com.

And let's hear from some of his Gwynn's peers, media who covered him and more:

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