Today is the day that two of the greatest major league baseball players get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Okay, maybe they are not the GREATEST baseball players, but they are the greatest of most recent history. They were excellent baseball players and they deserve to be inducted into the hall.
I'm sure everyone knows who these players are. They would be San Deigo Padres' Tony Gwynn and Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken Jr.
Ripken is known as the "Iron Man" as he played in 2,632 consecutive games from 1982 until 1998. This is unheard of due to so many injuries that players sustain and also taking breaks to heal or rejuvenate.
During their tenures with their respective teams, they each had their own statistics that are worth mentioning.
From 1982 to 2001, Gwynn played exclusively for the San Diego Padres. At the end of his career, Gwynn racked up 9,287 at bats with 3,141 hits. This is a batting average of .338. He had 135 home runs and 1,138 RBI's. His best year for batting was in 1994 when he had a batting average of .394.
Cal Ripken also played for only one team during his 21 year career. His rookie season was not pretty with only 39 at bats with 5 hits. His batting average was only .128. Ripken would finish off his career with a total of 11,551 at bats and 3,184 hits. His final batting average was .276 when he retired in 2001. He had a total of 431 home runs and 1,695 RBI's.
Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn are two of baseball's true class acts. The MLB could use more guys like these two.
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