Is Tony Gwynn looking to become part of a Padres ownership group?

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Some tea leaves are being read regarding Tony Gwynn’s movements in San Diego:

Gwynn met for two hours on Tuesday morning with Thomas Tull, movie mogul and prospective Padres purchaser, at a downtown hotel. That tidbit was first leaked via Twitter by a person claiming to be a hotel employee and then confirmed by U-T San Diego’s Tim Sullivan … Gwynn met for two hours on Tuesday morning with Thomas Tull, movie mogul and prospective Padres purchaser, at a downtown hotel. That tidbit was first leaked via Twitter by a person claiming to be a hotel employee and then confirmed by U-T San Diego’s Tim Sullivan.

There isn’t a more popular or well-loved figure in San Diego baseball than Tony Gwynn. So, to the extent that face-of-the-franchise considerations matter — and based on Nolan Ryan in Texas and Magic Johnson in L.A., it does to some degree — if you want to buy the Padres, it can’t hurt aligning yourself with Tony Gwynn.