San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn, who succumbed to cancer last month, was neither mentioned nor honored by Major League Baseball during the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
"There was no moment of silence. No jersey hanging in the dugout. Not even a simple mention on Fox's broadcast or a highlight reel heading into the break.
"While Tuesday night's All-Star Game featured plenty of Derek Jeter, Mike Trout and the woman who sings that song from 'Frozen,' it was also notable for one glaring omission: Last month's death of Tony Gwynn at age 54 went unmentioned, reflecting poorly on both Major League Baseball and Fox.
"How in the world do you hold an All-Star Game almost one month to the day that Gwynn died and not pay any sort of tribute to him? The San Diego Padres hall of Famer was a mainstay on the National League squad, making the team all but one year from 1984 to 1999 for a total of 15 All-Star appearances. The outgoing Gwynn was loved long after he retired and his death on June 16 was met with a universal mourning.
"On Tuesday night, baseball fans came together again to wonder how such an oversight could happen. While a Gwynn tribute did appear on the pregame show on little-watched Fox Sports One, there was nothing on the pregame broadcast on the main network or during the game."
Kaduk also had a word with San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Huston Street, who was the lone representative of the team as a member of the National League All-Stars, after the game:
"Obviously Tony Gwynn's a huge part of the game and it would've been something cool to see but it didn't happen. I've been at six other ballparks around the league where they've done one. I don't there's any sort of remembrance on Tony.
"It's Tony Gwynn, right? He's one of the greatest of all time."
SB Nation's Steven Goldman also airs his side on the Gwynn omission:
"Baseball has an obligation to itself and to its own memory. Television has no commitments to baseball as a product except insofar as how it affects the program of the moment.
"That explains why Fox did not bother to make any reference to the recently deceased Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn or the similarly departed grand old man of the game Don Zimmer during the All-Star Game broadcast. At the risk of repetition, this is not about Fox, about Gwynn's or Zimmer's (families) being snubbed, or any obligation that MLB had to mention them out of sense of decorum.
"For us on the outside, MLB is a sport or an entertainment product. For those inside the walls, it's a business, and we should probably offer prayers to Babe Ruth in Heaven or whoever is looking out for us that the players aren't branded up like NASCAR drivers by now."
The 54-year-old Gwynn, who recorded 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the Padres, succumbed to cancer on June 16, per ESPN.
The American League beat the National League, 5-3, to earn home-field advantage in the 2014 World Series.