Major League Baseball was ripped to shreds for not having a Tony Gwynn tribute during Tuesday night’s all-star game.
Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. His .338 career batting average was the 2nd highest in baseball since World War II (only behind Ted Williams), and he was a tremendous ambassador to the game for decades.
Despite that, there was no mention of Gwynn who passed away on June 16th after succumbing to salivary gland cancer.
In response, Major League Baseball and Fox Sports released a joint statement on their reasoning for not paying tribute to Gwynn DURING the game.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. 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.”
This is actually a reasonable excuse, even though Fox Sports 1 had a Gwynn tribute on its pre-game show. If Major League Baseball had just honored Gwynn, and ignored other greats of the game like Don Zimmer, Jerry Coleman, and Ralph Kiner who passed away in the last year, is that right? I don’t think it is.
The logical thing for baseball to do is run a video tribute to for all the greats of the game that passed away in the last year during the all-star game, just like what the Oscars and ESPY’s do during their awards shows. This way, no one gets singled out and everyone can get acknowledged.
It seemed like so many people immediately came to the conclusion Major League Baseball would have no good reason why it didn’t honor Tony Gwynn during the game. It just so happens all those people turned out to be wrong.