Stephen Strasburg, Major League Baseball's former number 1 overall pick from the 2009 draft, returns to his Alma Mater.
One of MLB’s top attractions...a 2012 MLB All-Star, righthander is best known for unique blend of velocity, power and control...in parts of 3 seasons at the big league level, is 21-10 with a 2.94 ERA in 45 starts...in first full MLB campaign (2012), paced MLB in average fastball velocity (95.7mph)...also allowed one or less earned run 13 times…ranked among NL leaders in K/9.0 (first, 11.2), K’s (tied 2nd, 195), wins (tied 4th, 15), ERA (6th, 2.94), quality starts (tied 5th, 20), K/BB ratio (tied 5th, 4.3/1), WHIP (7th, 1.12) and double-digit strikeout games (2nd, 5)…had “Tommy John” surgery performed on Sept. 3, 2010...is 16-7 with a 2.95 ERA in 34 starts since return from right elbow surgery…following MLB debut, on June 8, 2010, donated game hat and game ball (ball hit for first out recorded, an Andrew McCutchen lineout to SS) to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
In 3 collegiate seasons, went 22-7 with 7 saves and a 1.59 ERA (43 ER/243.1 IP) in 52 games for SDSU...holds San Diego State records for Single Season Wins (13), Single Season ERA (1.32), Career ERA (1.59), Single Season Strikeouts (195) and Career Strikeouts (375)…was San Diego State’s closer as a freshman and the school’s top starter as both a sophomore and junior...in 3 collegiate seasons, was twice named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Awards and Honors
2012 NL All-Star
2010 Topps All-Rookie team
#1 Overall Pick in 2009 MLB Draft
2009 Golden Spikes Award Winner
2008 and 2009 1st Team All-American
2008 United States Olympic Team member - First amateur player on Olympic team since change to use Minor Leaguers in 2000
2007 Freshman All-American
Former major league all-star and San Diego State outfielder Tony Gwynn enters his ninth season at the helm of the Aztec baseball program. His tenure at SDSU follows a standout major league career that saw him inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007.
An All-American at San Diego State as a collegiate player, Gwynn was named SDSU's head baseball coach on September 21, 2001, and officially took the reins of the Aztec program in July 2002. He had served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Aztecs during the 2002 campaign under former head coach Jim Dietz, who retired at the end of that season. It didn't take him long to become acclimated to the college game as he was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year in just his second season after leading the Aztecs to the league's regular-season title in 2004. Last season Gwynn led his Aztecs to a 43-21 record and its first trip to the NCAA Regionals since 1991. His seven-year record at his alma mater stands at 214-213 (.501) and his coaching record in league play stands at 111-71 (.610).
The 50-year-old Gwynn concluded a 20-year career with the San Diego Padres on Sept. 30, 2001, as one of only 16 players (including four National Leaguers) to have played at least 20 seasons and spent their entire careers with one team. Known as "Mr. Padre" both during and after his long and distinguished major league career, the San Diego club retired his No. 19 jersey in ceremonies held at PETCO Park in September 2004. In spring of 2005, the street on which the stadium is located was named Tony Gwynn Drive in his honor. The club also unveiled a statue of Gwynn in the Park at the Park at PETCO Park on July 21, 2007.
Gwynn ended his playing days ranked 17th in career hits (3,141). He was also ninth all-time in singles with 2,378, 17th in doubles with 543, and was among the top 75 in runs scored with 1,383. From 1993 to 1997, Gwynn hit .350 or better, becoming only the fourth player in history to top the .350 mark in five consecutive seasons, a feat previously accomplished by only Ty Cobb (11 straight .350 seasons), Rogers Hornsby (six) and Al Simmons (five). His career-high average came during the 1994 campaign when he hit .394, the highest average in the National League since 1930. Over the course of his 20 seasons, he struck out only 434 times in 10,232 plate appearances, an average of once every 23.6 plate appearances. With 790 career bases on balls, he drew 1.8 walks for every strikeout. Gwynn won a record-tying eight league batting titles (1984, 1987-89, 1994-97), joining Honus Wagner as one of only two players in National League history to accomplish that feat. The only major leaguer to win more is Ty Cobb, who earned 12 titles in the American League. Gwynn and Cobb share the distinction of being the only players to string together two separate streaks of three or more consecutive batting titles, with Tony earning three in a row from 1987-89, then collecting four straight from 1994-97. He is the only player in major league history to win four batting titles in two separate decades.
A member of the 3,000-hit club, he achieved that feat on Aug. 6, 1999, at Montreal with a first-inning single to right center off Dan Smith. Only two players achieved 3,000 hits in fewer games than Gwynn and just five needed fewer at bats. Gwynn was 16-time National League All-Star and was voted to start that contest 11 times. His 11 starts are the most ever by an N.L. outfielder and equals Reggie Jackson's major-league record among outfielders. He was named to the all-star squad 12 of his final 13 seasons (all but 2000) and 16 of his last 18 campaigns.