Tony Gwynn: San Diego Padres right fielder and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer has died

(CNN) -- The San Diego Padres have confirmed on Twitter that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died.

"We are terribly sad to say goodbye to our teammate, our friend and a legend, Tony Gwynn. Rest in peace, Mr. Padre," read the tweet.

The former outfielder died Monday at age 54 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Gwynn had cancer, the release said.

Gwynn was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, amassing a total of 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, according to the Hall of Fame. He won eight National League batting championships.

He was a key member, the release said, of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.

CNN's Jill Martin contributed to this report.

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