Brett M. Gardner (born August 24, 1983, in Holly Hill, South Carolina) is an American Major League Baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees. Gardner, who is 5' 10", bats and throws left-handed. He is cleverly nicknamed "The fastest man in pinstripes".
Gardner was a walk-on and three-year starter at the College of Charleston (CofC). In 2004, he was chosen to the All-Southern Conference Team. His .447 batting average was third in the nation in 2005, and his 122 hits tied for the most hits in the country. His 85 runs in 2005 is the all-time record at CofC, and his 38 stolen bases led the Southern Conference. He wrapped up his Cougar career as a Third-Team All-American and a second time All-Southern Conference player, sporting a .382/.456/.508 career line, mostly from the lead-off spot.
After his junior year in college he was drafted by the Yankees in the 3rd round in 2005, and received a $210,000 bonus.
Gardner adjusted well to wood bats in 2005, and finished the season in the New York-Penn League season ranking 5th in at bats (with 282), 2nd in runs (62), and 5th in stolen bases (19).
He was a Florida State League all star in 2006, batting .323 in 63 games with 22 RBIs with...
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