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Biggio and Bagwell: The late Tony Gwynn was a magician with a bat

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell, arguably the two greatest Astros of all time, both described the late Tony Gwynn as a magician with a bat and how he hit a baseball.

Gwynn passed away on Monday at the age of 54. He had been battling salivary gland cancer.

During his Hall of Fame career Gwynn had 3,141 hits and won eight National League batting titles with the San Diego Padres.

"I'm sad for his wife and sad for his kids and family," Biggio said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "In the last 2 weeks we've lost two great baseball people with Don Zimmer and now Tony."

Zimmer, a former big league manager and coach, died on June 4.

"I feel that's a great loss," said Bagwell on the passing of Gwynn. "I feel bad for San Diego State. I feel bad for baseball people.

"That's just way too young to die. That sucks."

Gwynn had been the head baseball coach at his alma mater, San Diego State, for 12 years.

He played 20 years in the big leagues and All-Stars like Biggio and Bagwell were in awe of Gwynn's ability with a bat.

"As far as putting the bat on the ball consistently, the best hitter that I've ever  seen," Biggio said.

"He was a magician with the bat. You don't win that many batting titles by being lucky."

Bagwell agreed.

"Tony Gwynn could have done anything he wanted to do with the baseball bat and I watched him do it," Bagwell said.

"Nobody that I've ever seen has put the barrel of the bat on the ball better than Tony Gwynn. He epitomized how to hit a baseball.

"He was magical with a bat."

During his playing career Bagwell would get bats signed by players he admired.

In 1993 Gwynn autographed one of his bats and gave it to Bagwell, along with a piece of advice.

"On his bat that he gave to me he said 'stop changing your stance,' " Bagwell said.

"And then in '94 I won the MVP."

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