Mark Gardner (baseball)
Gardner with the San Francisco Giants
Born: March 1, 1962|
Los Angeles, California
|May 16, 1989, for the Montreal Expos|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 7, 2001, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Earned run average||4.56|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Amateur World Series|
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.
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. Two nights later, his teammate Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game against the Dodgers.
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.