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Remembering Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the 5.5 guy
Remembering Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, the 5.5 guy

There are two numbers we will remember in association with Tony Gwynn. One is 19, of course, the uniform number he wore with distinction as the right fielder for the San Diego Padres.The other is 5.5, a reference to the hole between third base and shortstop. Gwynn was so proficient at hitting a single through that hole that, on the final weekend of his career, the Padres stenciled 19 in right field and 5.5 on the dirt between third base and shortstop.Gwynn died Monday, at 54. It would have been fascinating to watch him at bat today, in this new era of rampant defensive shifting. Opposing teams would have plugged the 5.5 hole, but Gwynn assuredly would have found another.He was a...

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