Hall of Fame Outfielder Dies at age 54

Fox, MLB Explain Tony Gwynn Snub

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: (L-R) Former MLB baseball player Tony Gwynn Sr., father of outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not pictured), gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Father's Day game with the Houston Astros on June 19, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Spinelli/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

    Padres and Major League Baseball fans are still fuming that Tony Gwynn was not mentioned during the 2014 All-Star Game.

    Gwynn died June 16 after a battle with salivary gland cancer. He was only 54.

    Fox and Major League Baseball released a joint statement in response to the criticism.

    The statement says in part:

    "The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year--including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer--and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual."

    Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001.

    He finished with a .338 career batting average and 3,141 hits.

    The 15-time All-Star coached baseball at his alma mater, San Diego State, after he retired from MLB.