Mark Gardner (baseball)

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Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner 2008.jpeg
Gardner in 2008.
San Francisco Giants – No. 26
Starting Pitcher/Bullpen Coach
Born: (1962-03-01) March 1, 1962 (age 52)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 1989 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Win–Loss 99–93
Earned run average 4.56
Strikeouts 1,256
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing the  United States
Amateur World Series
Bronze 1984 Cuba Team

Mark Allan Gardner (born March 1, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball and current bullpen coach for the San Francisco Giants.

Playing career[edit]

Gardner pitched in the Major Leagues from 1989 to 2001 for the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins, and the Giants. In his career, Gardner pitched in 345 games, posting a record of 99–93 and a 4.56 ERA. He appeared in 275 of his 345 career games as a starter. Gardner was also used as a long reliever and spot starter during the final years of his career. On July 26, 1991, Gardner no hit the Dodgers for nine innings but gave up a hit in the top of the 10th.[1]

Gardner played the last six seasons of his career with the Giants. He shared the 2001 Willie Mac Award with Benito Santiago, which recognized each of their spirit and leadership.

Coaching career[edit]

One season after retiring, Gardner became the Giants' bullpen coach in 2003. He is now in his 11th season in the position.

Personal[edit]

Gardner attended Clovis High School in Clovis, California and California State University, Fresno, where he met his wife, Lori Gardner, an All-American softball pitcher. He and Lori have 2 sons. Lori Gardner struggled with liver cancer for several years during her husband's tenure with the Giants before dying from the disease in 2003. The Gardner family remains active in the Donate Life America organization.

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