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San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died, Major League Baseball's commissioner announced. He was 54. 

Gwynn passed away at a Poway, Calif. hospital after battling cancer. 

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The California native, nicknamed Mr. Padre, joined the franchise in 1982. Two years later he won his first batting title, with a batting average of .351. That year he helped lead the Padres to their first World Series where they lost to the Detroit Tigers. Gwynn went on to become an eight-time National League batting champion.

After 20 years with the Padres, Gwynn retired in 2001 and became the baseball coach at San Diego State University. He was also an analyst for ESPN. Gwynn joined the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Gwynn is survived by his wife Alicia, daughter Anisha, son Tony Gwynn, Jr and three granddaughters.