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    This guy was just amazing. He was a friggin hitting machine. I spent many at night freezing at Candlestick watching him crush the Giants over the years. One great ball player and a nice guy. I used to sit in the family section out in right field and he would look up and talk to us. Really a cool guy- his voice sounds like a California beach bum- surfer guy. lol I hope he comes out okay and beats his cancer.

    Updated: October 9, 2010, 5:54 PM ET
    Tony Gwynn diagnosed with cancer
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    SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn, the prolific-hitting Hall of Fame outfielder who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, has been diagnosed with cancer of a salivary gland.

    Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star voted into the Hall in the first year he was eligible in 2007, has had three procedures since 1997 to remove non-cancerous tumors to the largest salivary gland, he told the San Diego Union-Tribune.


    They say this is a slow-moving but aggressive form of cancer. I'm going to be aggressive and not slow-moving in treating this.

    -- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn
    But the latest operation last month discovered a malignant growth, he said.

    "They took out three lymph nodes and did all the tests and the results showed cancer in the parotid," Gwynn told the newspaper Friday.

    The 50-year-old Gwynn faces radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He says doctors have told him they feel they caught the cancer early and "there was not much of it there."

    "They say this is a slow-moving but aggressive form of cancer," Gwynn told the Union-Tribune from his Poway home. "I'm going to be aggressive and not slow-moving in treating this."

    Gwynn said he faces up to two months of radiation treatments, which he will undergo five times a week. He said he will have chemotherapy treatments once a week.

    "I go in Monday for a consultation and I hope to immediately begin the treatments," Gwynn told the newspaper.

    Gwynn said he thought the cancer was most likely related to his use of chewing tobacco throughout his career.

    "I haven't discussed that with the doctors yet, but I'm thinking it's related to dipping," said Gwynn, who said he had failed to drop the habit despite the previous mouth procedures.

    Dr. Kevin Brumund, a neck and throat specialist at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, told the newspaper there have been no studies linking parotid cancer and chewing tobacco, which is now banned in minor league baseball.

    Gwynn is San Diego State's baseball coach, and the school confirmed Gwynn's condition to The Associated Press. Gwynn plans to return to his alma mater, which he has coached since 2003.

    Gwynn's son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is a reserve outfielder for the Padres in his second full big-league season.

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    Truly,one of the greatest players and people in the game,here's to a complete recovery.
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    Truly,one of the greatest players and people in the game,here's to a complete recovery.
    I second that! Seemed like every year he hit .370 ...... .650 against the Bucco's and the Giants! lol

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