Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/22/12

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Monday said he is aligning with one of the five groups reportedly interested in buying the San Diego Padres.

Gwynn has accepted an invitation to join Thomas Tull's group in a to-be-determined capacity.

"I'm going to help Tull any way I can," Gwynn said Monday. "He's the right guy to own the Padres.

"He's bringing to the table exactly what the fans and San Diego want an owner to be. When I met with him last week, Mr. Tull convinced me he's the perfect owner of this team. I have no idea what role I might play, but I am 100 percent in. He asked me to be a part of his group and I have accepted."

Gwynn, the Hall of Famer's agent John Boggs and Tull met last week in downtown San Diego.

"From the minute Tull started talking, I was excited about what he wanted to do with the Padres," said Gwynn. "I see a total commitment on his part. Tull wants the Padres to be on top. He has plans and ideas for the team that go beyond just owning the team. It's exciting to think where he might go and where he could take this team. Tull is in this to win. He wants to take the Padres to the top. That fired me up as an ex-Padre. I am all in. I'm committed to this group. We'll see how it all sorts out."

Tull, the chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures, is one five identified potential owners of the Padres. Also known to be exploring the purchase of John Moores' controlling interest are hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen, Chicago White Sox executive Dennis Gilbert, former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley and Houston developer David S. Wolff, a minority owner of the San Francisco Giants.

Gwynn is currently the head coach of San Diego State's baseball team and said he plans to continue in that job for the time being.

"Right now, I'm still at San Diego State," said Gwynn. "I can't look into the future. I am committed to Tull. I am committed to San Diego State. We'll decide later after everything is sorted out what I am going to be doing. But the big thing is that when Mr. Tull said, 'Tony, I want you in this group,' my answer was a strong 'yes.' "

"I've never seen Tony so locked in," said Boggs of the meeting between Tull, Gwynn and himself. Boggs had earlier talked to Tull about Gwynn becoming part of Tull's group and ownership bid. "Tull has a passion that registered with Tony. He wants a winner. Tony wants the Padres to be a winner. By the end of that meeting, Tull had Tony convinced. Tull wants Tony to be in his group in a substantial capacity that Tony wants. He wants Tony's counsel. This is not a public relations move. Tull respects Tony's passion for the city and the Padres."

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