06/18/2014 03:11 pm ET Updated Jun 18, 2014

Here's Why Tony Gwynn Was One Of The Greatest Hitters Ever

There are few ballplayers in the history of Major League Baseball that were as skilled in the batters box than Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who passed away on Monday. Throughout his 20 years in the league, Gwynn would wield his bat and give opposing pitchers nightmares while putting up astounding numbers on the stat sheet.

It can be no coincidence that Gwynn developed a strong friendship with another one of the all-time great hitters, Ted Williams. In fact, Gwynn has often been referred to as the greatest hitter since Williams.

If you need proof of that -- besides his eight National League batting titles, career .338 batting average, seven Silver Slugger awards and 3,141 career hits -- check out some of these eye-popping stats and facts.