MLB, FOX Defend Tony Gwynn Omission During ASG, Offer Explanation
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night was, understandably, all about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
But one glaring omission during FOX’s broadcast of the game was a tribute to all-time great Tony Gwynn, who tragically died due to complications from cancer on June 16.
The Hall of Famer wasn’t mentioned at all.
Both the network and the league were criticized after the game, and FOX and Major League Baseball issued a joint statement to explain themselves.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks,” the statement said. “The baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year — including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer — and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.”
The American League defeated the National League, 5-3, in the Midsummer Classic. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named MVP.
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