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Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew Honored

Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew Honored Ewen Roberts/ via Flickr



National League and American League batting titles named after Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew.


Just before the start of the 2016 MLB All-Star game, a new honor was bestowed on two of the greatest hitters in baseball history.  Commissioner Rob Manfred stood before a crowd of loyal baseball fans with two newly designed trophies and was joined by Rod Carew and his family along with the family of San Diego Legend Tony Gwynn.

Tony Gwynn and Rod Carew honored

Commissioner Manfred was there to honor these two baseball legends with the honor of naming each leagues batting title after them.

“The player with the highest batting average in the American League will now be known as the Rod Carew American League batting champion,” said Manfred

Hall of fame Padres’ announcer Dick Ensberg would then announce:

“The player with the highest batting average in the National League will be forever known as the Tony Gwynn National League batting champion.” said Ensberg


The players families were then awarded with a replica of the awards in honor of Carew and Gwynn’s baseball accomplishments.


Rod Carew

Rod Carew was a seven time AL batting title champ, won Al Rookie of the Year Award in 1967 and appeared in 18 consecutive All-Star Games.  In 1991 Carew was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.


Tony Gwynn

Gwynn played his entire career with the San Diego Padres’, racking up 3141 hits and a career batting average of .338.  He was a 15 time All-Star and joined Carew in Cooperstown as a Hall of Fame player in 2007.


“Rod is one of the most highly decorated players in the history of the American League, who made 18 straight All-Star appearances in his Hall of Fame career,” Manfred said.

“Tony is considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of the National League, and there is no better place to honor him than in San Diego.  Major League Baseball is pleased to recognize their extraordinary careers by naming our batting crowns in their honor.”


The San Diego faithful would not miss an opportunity to celebrate the career of one of their favorite sons as all across Petco Park they broke in to chants of