Taboo Artist # 7: Tony Gwynn

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Taboo Artists
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Tony-Gwynn

(www.gammonsdaily.com)

Tony Gwynn was a Hall of Fame baseball player (2007) that played from 1982-2001. His nicknames consisted of Mr. Padre—for he was one of the best San Diego Padres ever—and also Captain Video, because he was known to watch all his plate appearances on videotape, which at the time was virtually unheard of:

“Gwynn, whose nickname was Captain Video, was baseball’s jolliest supervillain dork: famously friendly, with multiple lairs. His first lair was his house, replete with his own personal 1980s YouTube. He had every single one of his plate appearances on videotape, and days’ worth of tape documenting the delivery of every pitcher he might ever face. These weren’t VHS tapes. They were smaller, about the size of audiocassettes, and could be paused and deconstructed on a frame-by-frame basis with more reliability.”[1]

Gwynn used this “lair” to perfection. For his career he batted .338, only second to Ted Williams .344 since 1939. Now almost every baseball player and team uses footage to improve statistics across the board. We have Gwynn to thank for making baseball a better game, a more scientific game.

Breakdown: Don’t be afraid to do what nobody else is doing. It might seem out of place at the time, but one day it might be looked back upon as ahead of its time. Isn’t that where you want to be, ahead of time?

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[1] Jon Bois, Tony Gwynn, baseball scientist, has died, Sportsnation.com (2014).

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