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October 13, 1964 |
Los Angeles, California
|August 14, 1987, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1996, for the San Diego Padres|
|Runs batted in||118|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing United States|
|1984 Los Angeles||Team|
The California Angels drafted Gwynn in the fifth round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft. However, Gwynn did not sign with the Angels, opting to attend San Diego State University, where he played college baseball for the San Diego State Aztecs baseball team. Gwynn played for the United States national baseball team in the 1984 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal.
Gwynn was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round (tenth overall) of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his MLB debut in 1987. While with the Dodgers, Gwynn made the final out in Dennis Martínez's perfect game on July 28, 1991. After that season, the Dodgers traded Gwynn with minor leaguer Domingo Mota to the Kansas City Royals for Todd Benzinger. He played two seasons with the Kansas City Royals (1992–1993). Gwynn signed with the Dodgers as a free agent after the 1993 season, and he played with them in 1994 and 1995. He joined his older brother Tony on the San Diego Padres for his final season in 1996.
On September 29, 1996, in the final game of the season, Gwynn hit what would prove to be the game-winning, two-run, pinch-hit double in the top of the 11th inning against Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chan Ho Park to complete a three-game sweep of the Dodgers and clinch the Padres' second National League West division championship in team history. It was the final at bat of his career. Gwynn hit two pinch-hit walk-off home runs during his career.
Gwynn became a scout for the Padres once his playing career ended. In 2011 he was the Director of Player Personnel for the Padres. After the 2011 season, Gwynn became the Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners. He lives in California with his wife JoAnn, his son Joshua Christopher Gwynn, and his daughter Maya JoAnn Gwynn.
Resigned from being Seattle Mariners Farm Director after 2015 season..
- Nightengale, Bob (September 30, 1996). "Dodgers Must Gwynn, Bear It : Former Dodger Chris Gwynn Leads Padres to Division Title". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2011.