Chris Sale says he quit chewing tobacco the day Tony Gwynn passed away

Monday afternoon, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale was named the AL's starting pitcher for the 2016 All-Star Game. This is Sale's fifth consecutive All-Star Game and his first starting assignment.

The All-Star Game is in San Diego this year, and during Monday's press conference, Sale told reporters he quit chewing tobacco the day Padres legend Tony Gwynn passed away in 2014.

Sale he had been using chewing tobacco since 2007. He quit cold turkey on June 16, 2014, the day Gwynn passed away, and he hasn't touched the stuff since. Good for him. That's not an easy thing to do.

Chris Sale said he quit chewing tobacco the day Tony Gwynn passed away. USATSI

Gwynn, who was simply one of the best pure hitters in baseball history, passed away at the age of 54 following a battle with salivary gland cancer. His cancer has been attributed to the use of chewing tobacco throughout his playing career.

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