Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. File photo
Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn. File photo

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday afternoon that the annual National League batting title would be renamed the Tony Gwynn Award.

Manfred made the announcement during the pregame ceremonies of the All-Star Game that was held at Petco Park Tuesday afternoon.

The NL player with the highest batting average at the end of each season will win the Tony Gwynn Award.

Gwynn won eight batting championships in his 20 seasons in San Diego, including four straight from 1994 – 1997.

Gwynn was the last – and only – Padre to win the batting crown, showing why he was given the moniker “Mr. Padre.”

Gwynn hit .300 or higher for 19 of his 20 pro seasons, with the lone exception coming in his rookie campaign.

MLB is also renaming the American League batting title the Rod Carew Award, honoring the Hall of Fame Minnesota Twin.

Carew won the AL batting championship six times during the 1970’s, a run he punctuated with his own four-peat from 1972-1976.