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Tony Gwynn, Jr. will help out in the Padres broadcast booth this season

This is great news, and long overdue!

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It looks like we'll be hearing a familiar voice in the broadcast booths this season. Dennis Lin of the Union-Tribune reported earlier today that Tony Gwynn, Jr. will lend his voice and analysis to Padres broadcasts starting in 2017.

The hiring isn't totally official yet, but Lin says it could be made so as early as next week, and that Gwynn will likely be a guest for 60 broadcasts altogether. Specifically 30 TV broadcasts on Fox Sports San Diego and 30 radio broadcasts on FM 94.9. As for what his role will entail specifically, we'll have to wait to find out.

“Broadcasting is something I’ve been interested in since I was a little boy,”

Regardless, it's going to be awesome hearing Gwynn on the broadcasts this season. Not only does he have an obvious connection with the city and team here, but his presence in the booth will hopefully mean we'll get less Sweeney, and that can't be a bad thing. And the fact that he sounds so much like his dad makes it even better. After doing Dodgers postgame last season, it's about time he comes back home to San Diego.

Thank goodness someone finally returned his call.