Pro Baseball Player Quits 'Dipping' After Coach's Cancer Diagnosis

by: cancercompass

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer last fall.

Although the doctor's cannot confirm it, Gwynn believed his chewing tobacco, or dipping, habit was the cause for his cancer.

And now, Stephen Strasbourg, a pitcher for the Washington Nationals, is trying to quit the same habit.

Chewing tobacco since his high school years, Strasbourg claims that when he heard of Gwynn's diagnosis, he wanted to make a change.

"I'm still in the process of quitting," Strasburg told The Washington Post. "I've made a lot of strides, stopped being so compulsive with it. I'm hoping I'm going to be clean for spring training. It's going to be hard, because it's something that's embedded in the game."

The two have more than dipping in common. Gwynn was Strasbourg's coach while he attended San Diego State University.

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