ATLANTA -- The Philadelphia Phillies' locker room was full of heavy hearts on Monday, after the club learned of the death of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn -- the father of Phillies outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr.
While the team didn't release a formal statement regarding the older Gwynn -- a 20-year mainstay of the San Diego Padres (his only MLB franchise) and a member of the 3,000 Hit Club (3,141, to be exact) -- Phillies skipper Ryne Sandberg and bench coach Larry Bowa spoke to reporters before Monday's game against the Braves.
"It's a sad day in baseball," said Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman with the Chicago Cubs (1981-97). "Tony Gwynn was a guy of my era. (Back) in the day when players wanted to see batting averages and see how they stacked up, they would look in the sports pages; and for eight years, (Gwynn) was the guy at the top everyone was chasing. He set the standard.
"He was a guy I paid attention to on what he was doing," continued Sandberg about the senior Gwynn, a 15-tim...