Tony Gwynn, Baseball’s ‘Mr. Padre,’ Dies at 54

In college, Tony Gwynn read Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams’ how-to book, The Science of Hitting. It must have made an impression. The stocky left-handed outfielder, who died on June 16 at age 54 in Poway, Calif., went on to build the sort of baseball career with the San Diego Padres from 1982 to 2001 that little boys dream about. He won eight National League batting championships (tying Honus Wagner’s record), amassed 3,141 hits, had a .338 career batting …

All-Star Game Will Have Audience of One on Rooftop in Cuba

Major League Baseball’s young pitching phenom José Fernández, the sole Miami Marlin on tonight’s All-Star Game roster, is confident he’ll get the ball. “I talked to the pitching coach and most likely I’m pitching,” the rookie told the Miami Herald. “I don’t know what inning. But I’m good to go.” [Editor's note: That inning was the sixth, and Fernández mowed down the heart of the American League lineup 1-2-3] That’s going to make one fan very happy. Olga Fernández, 68, …