MLB and Fox issued a joint statement tonight on the much-criticized absence of Tony Gwynn's name from last night's All-Star Game/Derek Jeter slurpfest. Their explanation:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, an extraordinary individual whose memory we have honored in numerous ways in recent weeks. The Baseball family has sadly lost a number of people this year - including Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, Frank Cashen, and former All-Stars Jerry Coleman, Jim Fregosi and Don Zimmer - and did not want to slight anyone by singling out one individual.

Derek Jeter, meanwhile, had his name mentioned 100 times in the Fox broadcast.

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