Gwynn says he’s facing “critical” season

Here’s a peak at today’s Tony Gwynn Jr. feature, which will be posted later today on MLB.com and padres.com:

PEORIA,
Ariz. – Tony Gwynn Jr. makes no bones about what the pending 2010 season may
mean to his budding baseball career.


“It’s
a critical year, no doubt about it,” he told MLB.com before the Padres worked
out on Monday morning. “I’m 27 years old and I’m no longer in that kid mode. Even
though my big-league experience isn’t as great as your typical 27-year-old, I’ve
been around the game long enough to know that there are still things that I
need to improve. But I can’t look at it as if I’m a kid anymore.”


The
left-handed hitting Gwynn spent the offseason working on two areas: improving
his hitting against left-handed pitchers and base stealing. In his Spring
Training entrance interview with manager Bud Black and new general manager Jed
Hoyer, those were areas of primary concern, Gwynn said.

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