MLB names NL Batting Championship after Tony Gwynn

The Tony Gwynn statue "Mr.Padre" is silhouetted against the late afternoon sun Monday, June 16, 2014, in San Diego. Gwynn, who won eight National League batting titles and was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, died Monday at 54 from cancer.  (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Just ahead of first pitch of the 2016 MLB All-Star Game at Petco Park, Major League Baseball made an announcement that brought the local baseball fans to their feet.

Dick Enberg came out and announced to the sold out crowd that the American League and National League Batting Championships, awarded to the hitters that finish the season with the highest batting average, would be named after former Twins and Angels infielder Rod Carew and former San Diego Padres right fielder Tony Gwynn.

It was a touching moment from Major League Baseball, and was followed up by former Padres’ Cy Young winner Randy Jones throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, and former Padres’ closer Trevor Hoffman walking in the official game ball to his traditional “Hells Bells” intro music.

One thing is for sure: There is plenty of baseball history in San Diego, and MLB is honoring the city and its tremendous past as much as they can during tonight’s game.

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