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Mark Gardner (baseball)

Mark Allan Gardner (born March 1, 1962) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants and also coached for the Giants.

Mark Gardner
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Gardner with the San Francisco Giants
Born: (1962-03-01) March 1, 1962 (age 57)
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
MLB statistics
Win–loss record99–93
Earned run average4.56
Career highlights and awards

Playing careerEdit

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 three hits in the top of the 10th and lost 1–0. [1][2] Two nights later, his teammate Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game against the Dodgers.

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 careerEdit

One season after retiring, Gardner became the Giants' bullpen coach in 2003. He remained in the position until 2017 and was a member of three World Series championship teams.


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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