The Philadelphia Phillies released outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., the son of the late San Diego Padres legend, on July 28.
The Philadelphia Phillies have released Tony Gwynn, Jr.
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MLB.com's Todd Zolecki and Joey Nowak wrote about the development on July 28:
"The Phillies have released outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., the team announced on Monday.
"Gwynn was designated for assignment last Monday after appearing in 67 games for the Phillies this sesaon.He hit .163 with three RBIs, two stolen bases and 14 runs scored.
"Over the course of an eight-year career with the (Milwaukee) Brewers, (Los Angeles) Dodgers, (San Diego) Padres and Phillies, Gwynn has appeared in 672 Major League games and hit .239 with a .621 OPS."
CSN Philly's Corey Seidman also reported on Gwynn, Jr.'s release:
"Tony Gwynn, Jr. was released by the Phillies on Monday, a week after being designated for assignment.
"When a player is DFA'd, there is a 10-day period where the organization can place the player on waivers, trade him, release him, or outright him to the minors.
"By cutting ties with Gwynn, the Phils gave him an opportunity to latch on with another major-league club.
"Gwynn made the Phillies' opening day roster after signing a minor-league deal in December. He went on to hit .163 with 15 walks in 119 plate appearances.
"It's been a trying few months for the 31-year-old outfielder. His father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16 after a battle with cancer.
"In perhaps the most heartwarming moment of the season at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies fans gave Gwynn Jr. a standing ovation before a pinch-hit appearance on June 25.
"'That's why guys who play here like to play here,' Gwynn said of Philadelphia that night."
In another team development, Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg remained mum on trade rumors surrounding the club, per The Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence:
"Ryne Sandberg doesn't waste too much brain space on thinking about what could happen in the hours leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline.
"In the modern day of instantaneous reporting, with the rumor du jour (translation: day) from 10 years ago becoming the rumor d'huere (translation: hour) in the Twitter era, there is certainly a lot of nonsense to sift through. Sandberg doesn't bother, and he wants to make sure his players aren't sucked in, either.
"'I addressed it about a week ago, had a full team meeting about that,' Sandberg said yesterday afternoon at Citi Field. 'Just my experiences -- you hear rumors and sometimes nothing happens, sometimes very little happens. So just stressing to them the focus of the game at hand, being a team right here, right now and playing the games. Dealing with what's at hand here, with a game every day.'
"It's only human nature to be curious, though. Especially if it's your name involved in those rumors and you don't have any control on whether you'll be working at a new place of business before the end of the week."
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