- Brett Gardner
- United States
- 2005 Draft
- Signing Date
- Rule 5 Year
- MLB 40-Man
- August 24, 1983
He and his wife, Jessica, have two children, Hunter Thomas and Miller Mack…his father, Jerry, played minor league baseball with the Phillies in the 1970s…growing up, helped work on his father’s 2,600-acre farm, which produces corn, soybeans and wheat…played golf and tennis as a child, then played baseball and football in high school… Graduated from the College of Charleston and was the highest-drafted player in the school’s history after walking on the baseball team…in his senior year at Charleston, led the Cougars with a .447 batting average (122-for-273) and helped guide the team to a 48-15 regular season record and an NCAA tournament berth… Was named the winner of the “Heart and Hustle Award” in 2017, an award presented annually by the MLB Players Alumni Association to honor one Major Leaguer who demonstrates a passion for baseball and embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game…has been named the Yankees’ “Heart and Hustle Award” nominee ﬁve times in his career (2010, ’13-15, ’17), most by a Yankee since the award’s inception in 2005… Was named the Yankees’ nominee for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, his second such nomination (also 2016)…the award recognizes a player from each MLB club who “best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and oﬀ the ﬁeld”…three Yankees have won the Clemente Award since its inception in 1971: Derek Jeter (2009), Don Baylor (1985) and Ron Guidry (1984)… Wore two pairs of specially designed New Balance cleats (one gold pair, one multi-colored pair) on 9/1/17 vs Boston, which were auctioned oﬀ as a fundraiser for Children’s Cancer Awareness Month…proceeds from the auction went to Memorial Sloan Kettering Pediatric Center… In 2016, he and his wife hosted a surprise Thanksgiving lunch for 100 active duty members of the 15th Airlift Squadron at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina… Was named the 2014 “Ben Epstein – Dan Castellano ‘Good Guy'” award winner by members of the New York chapter of the BBWAA…received his award at the annual writers dinner on 1/24/15 in Manhattan… Was named the Yankees’ 2014 Hank Aaron Award nominee, recognizing the most outstanding oﬀensive performers in each league…received the Thurman Munson Award in 2014… In 2014, became a charter member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board, made up exclusively of active Major League players…the foundation educates young people about the dangers of appearance and performance enhancing drugs…as an advisory board member, works to create the most eﬀective ways of educating youth about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs… Supports Ronald McDonald House in South Carolina and New York… provides lodging and holiday gifts to families living at the house… in December 2013, bought a puppy named “Gardy” for the Ronald McDonald House that is a therapy dog for the children and families…his wife, Jessica, prepares home-cooked meals that are delivered regularly to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House…took part in the Ronald McDonald House’s 30th anniversary campaign…also visits with children at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y… Supports the Salvation Army and their Angel Tree, providing holiday gifts to children… hosts select groups of children at Yankee Stadium and meets with them before games… Has served as an ambassador for the annual Damon Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium… Gave free haircuts to underprivileged kids at Jordan’s Barber Shop in the Bronx on 7/8/08… makes regular visits to ailing children at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
Hit .264 (157-for-594) with 96R, 26 doubles, 4 triples, 21HR, 63RBI and 23SB in 151 games (116 starts in LF, 18 in CF, 5 at DH) with the Yankees…hit ﬁve leadoﬀ HRs (4/29 vs. Baltimore, 5/30 at Baltimore, 7/23 at Seattle, 7/28 vs. Tampa Bay, 9/28 vs. Tampa Bay)…established a career high in homers and slugging pct. (.428)…the Yankees went 16-2 when he homered, winning each of the ﬁrst 16 such games…became the ﬁfth Yankee to hit 20HR from the leadoﬀ spot in a single season (seventh time) and ﬁrst since Johnny Damon (24HR) in 2006… Became the 13th Yankee with at least 20HR and 20SB in a single season, joining Alex Rodriguez (3x), Rickey Henderson (2x), Derek Jeter (2x), Alfonso Soriano (2x), Bobby Abreu (1x), Bobby Bonds (1x), Johnny Damon (1x), Curtis Granderson (1x), Roberto Kelly (1x), Mickey Mantle (1x), Paul O’Neill (1x) and Roy White (1x) and ﬁrst since Granderson in 2011… Each of his ﬁrst 13RBI of the season came via the HR (7HR), the ﬁrst Major Leaguer to record at least his ﬁrst 13RBI via HR since Seattle’s Nelson Cruz (ﬁrst 13RBI) in 2015…overall, 31 of his 63RBI came via the HR… Had 26 multi-hit games on the road, most by a Yankee since 2013 (Robinson Canó-27)… Collected three double-digit hitting streaks after not having any from 2012-16…had three from 2008-11… Hit .320 (39-for-122) with 11 doubles and 5HR in the ﬁrst inning… Had 12 outﬁeld assists, tied for fourth-most in the Majors… Reached on a throwing error in 4/12 win vs. Tampa Bay and was removed from the game with a bruised jaw and strained neck following a collision with Weeks at 1B on the play (missed 1G)… Hit leadoﬀ HR and three-run HR and was 2-for-4 in 4/29 win vs. Baltimore…was his third career multi-HR game, ﬁrst since 9/12/15 vs. Toronto (G2)…was his ﬁrst leadoﬀ HR since 8/31/14 at Toronto and his ﬁrst homer overall since 7/30/16 at Tampa Bay, snapping a 261AB homerless stretch…his 66-game streak without a HR was the second-longest of his career (84G from 7/5/10-4/19/11)…snapped an 18G stretch without an RBI to begin the season… Had two multi-HR games in the span of four days (4/29 vs. Baltimore and 5/2 vs. Toronto)… His 9HR and 21RBI in May were the most in any calendar month of his career and his 23R were his second-highest (27R in June 2015)…hit .327 (33-for-101) with 23R, 6 doubles and 12BB in 26 games during the month… Hit game-winning three-run HR with two strikes and two outs in the ninth, with the Yankees trailing 2-0 on 5/5 at Chicago-NL…was the ﬁrst go-ahead HR by a Yankee with the team trailing in the ninth inning or later on the road since Alex Rodriguez’s two-out, three-run HR oﬀ Koji Uehara on 9/17/10 at Baltimore…came on the 29th pitch he saw in the game (in 5PA)… Had 3H in both games of 5/14 DH vs. Houston, combining to go 6-for-9 with 4R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 2RBI and 1HP…his RBI single in the ﬁfth inning of Game 2 was his ﬁrst RBI of the season to not come as the result of a home run… Hit his eighth homer of the season in 5/21 win at Tampa Bay, surpassing his home run total from all of 2016… Hit leadoﬀ HR in the ﬁrst and solo HR in the fourth in 5/30 win at Baltimore…was his third multi-HR game of the season, all in a span of 27 games played (4/29-5/30)…had just two multi-HR games over his ﬁrst 1,085 career contests…was his eighth career leadoﬀ HR and second of 2017 (also 4/29 vs. Baltimore)… Collected his 1,000th career hit with a fourth-inning single on 6/1 at Toronto, becoming the 41st Yankee to reach the milestone…is one of ﬁve players drafted by the Yankees to collect at least 1,000 hits with the club (also Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada)… Hit ninth-inning game-tying solo HR in 6/23 win vs. Texas…was his second career game-tying or go-ahead HR when trailing in the ninth inning or later (also a three-run HR in the ninth on 5/5 at Chicago-NL)… Hit his third career grand slam (ﬁrst since 5/12/14 vs. New York-NL) and tied a career high with 6RBI (second time, also 9/12/15 vs. Toronto-G2) in 6/30 win at Houston… Had career-long 14-game hitting streak from 7/18-8/2, batting .317/.397/.583 (19-for-60) with 10R, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR and 7RBI… Scored the game-tying run in the ninth after leading oﬀ the inning with a triple and hit “walk-oﬀ” solo HR to lead oﬀ the 11th in 7/27 win vs. Tampa Bay, going 2-for-5 with 2R and 1BB…was his third career “walk-oﬀ” HR (also 4/23/16 vs. Tampa Bay and 8/11/13 vs. Detroit)…was his fourth career go-ahead HR in the ninth inning or later (also “walk-oﬀ” HRs on 8/11/13 vs. Detroit, 4/23/16 vs. Tampa Bay and a go-ahead three-run HR on 5/5 at Chicago-NL)…became the ﬁrst Yankee with multiple extra-base hits in the ninth inning or later since Raúl Ibañez did it twice in 2012-once in the regular season on 9/22/12 vs. Oakland (12th-inning double and 13th-inning HR) and once in the postseason in ALDS Game 3 vs. Baltimore (ninth-inning HR and 12th-inning HR)…according to STATS Inc., became the ﬁrst Yankee to score the game-tying run in the ninth inning or later, then hit a “walk-oﬀ” homer later in the game since Joe Gordon on 8/11/40 vs. the A’s (scored the tying run in the ninth, when Joe DiMaggio singled and homered in the 11th)… Hit leadoﬀ HR and was 1-for-2 with 3R, 1BB and 1HP in 7/28 win vs. Tampa Bay…was his 10th career leadoﬀ homer and fourth of the season…after hitting a “walk-oﬀ” HR on 7/27, became the third Yankee in franchise history to hit a leadoﬀ HR in the next team game following a “walk-oﬀ HR,” joining Roberto Kelly (8/5-6/90, both vs. Cleveland) and Joe Gordon (8/12/40 vs. Philadelphia and 8/13/40 vs. Boston)… Hit ninth-inning “walk-oﬀ” single and went 1-for-5 with 1RBI in 7/29 win vs. Tampa Bay…was his eighth career “walk-oﬀ” hit and second in three days…was the ﬁrst Yankee to drive in the game-winning run on a “walk-oﬀ” twice in a three-game span since Mike Pagliarulo in May 1986…according to ESPN Stats & Info, became the ﬁrst Yankees player with two “walk-oﬀ” hits in the same series since he did so on 8/9/13 and 8/11/13 vs. Detroit… Hit his ﬁfth leadoﬀ HR of the season in 9/28 loss vs. Tampa Bay, the ﬁrst of consecutive homers (also Judge) to lead oﬀ the game…became the ﬁrst pair of Yankees with back-to-back HRs to lead oﬀ a game since Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson did so on 4/16/12 vs. Minnesota… Batted .231 (12-for-52) with 7R, 2 doubles, 1HR and 4RBI in 13 playoﬀ games…hit his ﬁrst career postseason HR and scored 3R in the Yankees’ AL Wild Card win vs. Minnesota, his second career postseason game with multiple runs scored…with Aaron Judge, became the seventh set of Yankees teammates to each score at least 3R in a postseason game, and only the second since 1962 (Rodriguez/Matsui/Sheﬃeld in 2004 ALCS Game 3 at Boston)… Had two 12-pitch at-bats in ALDS Game 5 at Cleveland, including a two-run single oﬀ Indians closer Cody Allen to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning.
Hit .261 (143-for-547) with 80R, 22 doubles, 6 triples, 7HR, 41RBI and 16SB in 148 games (137 starts in LF, 2 in CF) with the Yankees. Won his first career Gold Glove Award and was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year in LF for the first time following the season…was the first Yankees Gold Glove Award winner since 2012 (Teixeira-1B/Canó-2B) and the first Yankees outfielder to win the award since Bernie Williams won four straight from 1997-2000…had nine OF assists, the most by a Yankee since 2011 (Granderson-11/Swisher-9)…ranked third among Major League left fielders with 249 putouts (second in the AL), and led AL LFs with 1.84 PO/9 inn. (min. 100G in LF)…per FanGraphs, led Major League LFs with 86 Out-of-Zone Plays Made and ranked fourth with 12 Defensive Runs Saved. Set a career high with 4BB in 4/6 win vs. Houston…marked just the second 4BB game by a Yankee since 2010 (also Robinson Canó, 4BB on 6/22/13 vs. Tampa Bay)…walked twice in the first inning, becoming the first Yankee with multiple walks in a frame since Mark Teixeira (2BB) in the seventh inning on 8/25/11 vs. Oakland. Hit ninth-inning “walk-off” HR and was 3-for-5 with 2RBI in 4/23 win vs. Tampa Bay…was his sixth career “walk-off” hit and first since 8/11/13 vs. Detroit…was his second career “walk-off” HR (also 8/11/13 vs. Detroit). Went 0-for-4 on 4/30 at Boston and had his streak of reaching base safely in 22 straight games vs. the Red Sox snapped (9/3/14-4/29/16)…over the stretch, hit safely in 21 of the 22 games (.326, 29-for-89, 2HR, 13RBI). Hit .323 (30-for-93) with 20R, 4 doubles and 3RBI in 25G in June. His first-inning single on 6/3 at Baltimore snapped an 0-for-24 stretch…was the second-longest hitless stretch of his career (0-for-27 from 9/12-19/14). In his final 99 games of the season (6/3-10/2), hit .282 (109-for-386) with 55R, 17 doubles, 2HR and 29RBI…in his first 49 games (4/5-6/2), batted .211 (34-for-161) with 25R, 5 doubles, 5HR and 12RBI. Played in his 1,000th career game in 7/9 win at Cleveland. Hit solo HR off Eduardo Rodríguez in 7/16 loss vs. Boston, snapping a 180AB homerless stretch (first HR since 5/18 at Arizona)…was his first HR off a left-handed pitcher since going deep off Jeff Francis on 9/12/15-G2 vs. Toronto…was only his third extra-base hit vs. a LHP in 2016 (double on 7/2 at San Diego, double on 4/19 vs. Oakland). Missed five games with a bruised right ankle (8/13-16 and 8/19). Reached base five times in a game for the sixth time in his career (first since 7/28/15 at Texas) in 8/30 win at Kansas City, going 2-for-3 with 1R, 1 double and 3BB. Had four straight multi-hit games (with a plate appearance) from 9/7-11, setting a new career high (previous 3G)…was 9-for-16 (.563) with 3R, 1 double and 1RBI over the stretch. Finished the season hitting safely in 13 of his final 15G beginning on 9/16, batting .290 (18-for-62) over the span. Hit .250 (8-for-32) with 2HR and 5RBI in 12 spring training games…did not play until 3/15 (left wrist).
Batted .259 (148-for-571) with 94R, 26 doubles, 3 triples, 16HR, 66RBI and 20SB in 151 games (104 starts in LF, 36 in CF) with the Yankees…set career highs in hits and RBI…reached 20SB in a season for the sixth time in his career (2009-11 and ’13-15)… hit .306 (37-for-121) with 29R, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 4HR and 13BB in the first inning…The Yankees went 60-38 when he had at least 1H, 27-12 w/ at least 2H and 23-30 when he had 0H…were 50-17 when he scored at least 1R…were 44-23 when he reached base safely (via H, BB or HBP) at least twice in a game…Was selected to his first career All-Star Game after being named by AL/Royals Manager Ned Yost as a replacement for injured OF Alex Gordon on 7/9, becoming just the fifth position player drafted by the Yankees to make the All-Star team as a Yankee, joining Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada…was 0-for-2 in 7/14 AL win in Cincinnati, pinch-hitting for Adam Jones in the fifth and remaining in the game in LF before moving to CF in the seventh…was originally selected as one of five players on the AL Final Vote…Reached the All-Star break with 10HR and 15SB, marking the 15th time in club history (since the first All-Star Game in 1933) a Yankees hitter reached those numbers before the All-Star break and first since Curtis Granderson in 2011 (25HR, 15SB)…Hit solo HR and was 1-for-4 in 4/6 Opening Day loss vs. Toronto…was his first career Opening Day home run and the 100th Opening Day HR hit by a Yankee in franchise history (first since Raul Ibanez on 4/6/12 at Tampa Bay)…Missed two games (4/14-15) with bruised right wrist (X-rays were negative)…had an MRI in Tampa on 4/16, reconfirming a bone bruise as previously diagnosed by an X-ray…sustained injury on 4/13 at Baltimore after first inning HP (left game in the seventh)…Had 3RBI in consecutive games on 5/2 and 5/3 at Boston…marked his first time recording at least 3RBI in consecutive games…Hit .351 (39-for-111) with 27R, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 5HR and 18RBI in 26 games in June, leading the Majors in runs, tying for first in doubles and ranking second in hits…became the first Yankee since the start of 2013 to compile 39H, 27R or 18 extra-base hits in any calendar month…Had a career-long 51-game stretch without a SB from 6/13-8/14…Hit go-ahead two-run HR and was 4-for-5 with 2R and 3RBI in 6/19 win vs. Detroit, his most hits since 7/29/14 at Texas (4H)…Hit .472 (17-for-36) with 12R, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4HR, 10RBI and 3BB in eight games on the Yankees’ homestand from 6/17-24…marked his most hits on a homestand (of any length) in his career…had five multi-hit games on the homestand (two games w/ 4H, one game w/ 3H and two games w/ 2H)…Compiled a streak of six hits in six consecutive at-bats from 6/19-20 vs. Detroit (a home run, single and single in his final 3AB on 6/19 and a triple, double and single in his first 3AB on 6/20)…was the first Yankee with hits in six consecutive at-bats since Jacoby Ellsbury (6H in 6AB) from 7/20-21/14…compiled another streak of six hits in six straight at-bats from 6/22-23 vs. Philadelphia (both streaks came within a span of five games)…became the first player with two streaks of six-or-more consecutive hits within a span of five team games since 1969, when Cincinnati’s Tommy Helms had two streaks of six consecutive hits over a four-game span from 9/23 (second game of a DH) to 9/26 (first game of a doubleheader)- credit: Elias…Reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in 25 consecutive games from 6/22-7/24, establishing the longest such streak of his career and a Yankees season-best…over the 25-game stretch, batted .333 (33-for-99) with 17R, 7 doubles, 3HR, 10RBI, 16BB and a .426 OBP…the last Yankee with a longer streak was Derek Jeter (36G: 8/27/12-7/28/13)…the last Yankee with a longer single-season streak was Robinson Cano (26G: 6/20-7/20/12)…Reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in a career-high 29 straight starts from 6/22-7/29…Was named AL “Player of the Week” for the period from 6/22-28 after batting .500 (13-for-26) with 9R, 4 doubles, 2HR and 6RBI in six games…over the stretch, led the AL in hits, runs, OBP (.581), slugging pct. (.885) and total bases (23), tied for first in batting average and tied for second in doubles…was his third career weekly honor…Hit two-run HR, tied a team record with a career-high 5R and reached base safely a career-high six times in 7/28 win at Texas, going 3-for-4 with 3RBI and 3BB…became first Yankee with 3H and 3BB in a nine-inning game since Don Mattingly on 6/17/85 at Baltimore…was the first five-run game by a Yankee since Johnny Damon on 4/29/06 vs. Toronto (5R)…market the 11th time since 1914 that a Yankee compiled at least 5R and 3RBI in a game… Scored the 500th run of his career in 8/17 win vs. Minnesota…Missed two games (9/7-8) with a jammed left shoulder…Hit two three-run HRs in 9/12 Game 2 loss vs. Toronto…set a career high with 6RBI, matching the most RBI by a Yankee in 2015 (third time, also Gregorius on 8/28 at Atlanta and Teixeira on 7/31 at Chicago-AL)… marked his second career multi-HR game (also 7/28/14 at Texas-2HR)…hit solo HR in 9/12 Game 1 loss vs. Toronto, becoming the first Yankee to homer in both games of a doubleheader since Andruw Jones on 7/7/12 at Boston…Was 0-for-4 in the Yankees’ 10/6 AL Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston.
Hit .273 (147-for-539) with 81R, 33 doubles, 10 triples, 8HR, 52RBI and 24SB in 145 games (130 starts in CF, one at DH) with the Yankees… led the AL in triples, the first Yankee to do so since Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald each had an AL-leading nine triples in 1957… Was the first Yankee since Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1945 to collect at least 30 doubles, 10 triples and 20SB in a single season… Set single-season career highs in hits, doubles and home runs… reached 20SB in a season for the fourth time in his career (also 2009-11)… Went 4-for-5 in 4/9 win at Cleveland, batting in the leadoff position… with Robinson Cano going 4-for-6 in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, became the Yankees’ first No. 1 and No. 2 batters each to record at least 4H in the same game since CF Bernie Williams (4-for-6) and 3B Wade Boggs (4-for-5) did so in a 12-3 Yankees win on 7/22/94 at the Angels… Had 2SH in 4/12 win vs. Baltimore, becoming the first Yankees position player (non-pitcher) with multiple sacrifice hits in the same game since doing so himself on 3/31/11 vs. Detroit… Played in his 500th career game in 4/29 loss vs. Houston… Scored a run in six straight games from 5/24-30, tying the second-longest such streak of his career (also 9/25-10/3/10) behind an eight-game span from 4/30-5/8/10… Hit a two-out, two-strike, game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning on 5/25 at Tampa Bay… was the first two-out, two-strike hit by a Yankee in the ninth inning that tied the game or gave the Yankees the lead in a road game since Alex Rodriguez’s go-ahead three-run HR in the ninth inning on 9/17/10 at Baltimore (off Koji Uehara)… Hit three-run HR and was 2-for-3 with 1SH in 6/5 win vs. Cleveland… was the second time in 2013-and his career-that he homered and had sacrifice hit in the same game (also 4/26 vs. Toronto)… joined Houston’s Robbie Grossman as the only Major Leaguers with more than one such game in 2013… Was named AL “Player of the Week” for the period ending on 6/9, batting .520 (13-for-25) with 5R, 5 doubles, 1HR and 6RBI during the stretch… was his first career “Player of the Week” award and the first by a Yankee in 2013… Had a career-high 9H over a three-game span from 6/8-11 (3H on 6/8 at Seattle, 4H on 6/9 at Seattle and 2H on 6/11 at Oakland)… Struck out at least once in a franchise-record 16 straight games from 6/21-7/8-credit: Elias… Was ejected by HP Umpire Mike Everitt in the fifth inning of 7/19 loss at Boston for arguing balls and strikes… was his second career ejection (also 7/21/10 vs. Los Angeles-AL by Paul Emmel, also arguing balls and strikes)… With his 10th-inning “walk-off” single in 8/9 win vs. Detroit and ninth-inning “walk-off” HR in 8/11 win vs. Detroit, became the first Yankee with two “walk-off” hits in a span of three-days-or-less since Claudell Washington in 1988 (credit: Elias)… the single was his first “walk-off” hit since 6/16/11 vs. Texas… the solo HR was his first career “walk-off” HR and fifth “walk-off” hit… Collected his 500th career hit with a fifth-inning single in 8/26 loss at Toronto… Of his final 17 hits of the season (from 8/27), 10 went for extra bases (8 doubles and 2 triples)… Did not play in the Yankees’ final 15 games of the season (9/13-29) with a left oblique strain… left 9/12 win at Baltimore after the top of the first inning with the injury, which was suffered on a checked-swing.
Was limited to 16 games (8 GS in LF) with the Yankees, batting .323 (10-for-31) with 7 R, 2 doubles and 3 RBIs…made his fourth career Opening Day roster…Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 4/19 (retroactive to 4/18) with a right elbow strain…was transferred to the 60-day DL on 6/26 and reinstated on 9/25…missed 142 team games…was scratched from the lineup prior to 4/18 loss vs. Minnesota with the injury that occurred during the game the night before, making a diving catch to end the third inning…Began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 5/8…played in two rehab games, combining to go 3-for-5 with 1 R, 1 triple and 2 BB in 2 GS in LF…was returned from rehab on 5/10 after experiencing soreness and swelling…Played in an additional rehab game on 6/8 with Single-A Charleston, playing five innings in LF and going 1-for-3 with 1 R and 1 SB…was again returned from rehab after experiencing stiffness in his right elbow…Met with Dr. Timothy Kremchek on 6/14 who agreed with the Yankees’ previous diagnosis of an elbow muscle strain, bone bruise and joint inflammation which had not fully healed…underwent arthroscopic surgery on the elbow on 7/24, performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad at New York-Presbyterian Hospital…Made his first appearance since 4/17 in 9/26 win at Minnesota, entering as a ninth-inning defensive replacement in LF…his pinch-hit at-bat in 10/1 win vs. Boston and pinch-hit single in 10/3 win vs. Boston were his first plate appearance and hit since 4/17 vs. Minnesota…Appeared in five postseason games for the Yankees, going 0-for-8 with 2 SB…started ALCS Game 3 (in LF) and Game 4 (in CF), both at Detroit.
Hit .259 (132-for-510) with 87R, 19 doubles, 7HR, 36RBI and 60BB in 159 games (124 starts in LF and 10 in CF) with the Yankees … tied for the AL lead and tied for second in the Majors with 49 stolen bases (in 62 attempts) … was the co-recipient (along with Coco Crisp) of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum¡¦s James “Cool Papa” Bell Award given annually to the AL and NL leaders in stolen bases. … Was successful in 44 of his last 51 stolen base attempts (86.3%) from 5/20 after having just 5SB in his first 11 tries of the season. … Hit in seven diff erent spots in the lineup during the 2011 season … No. 1: 57G, .230 (53- for-230); No. 3: 1G, .000 (0-for-0, 1BB); No. 5: 3G, .667 (2-for-3); No. 6: 7G, .000 (0-for-7, 1BB); No. 7: 17G, .371 (13-for-35); No. 8: 25G, .397 (29-for-73); No. 9: 49G, .217 (35-for-161). Made his third career Opening Day roster (also 2009 and ’10) … was 0-for-2 with 2SH in 3/31 Opening Day win vs. Detroit, becoming the first Yankees outfi elder with 2SH in a single game since Roberto Kelly on 4/22/88 vs. Toronto. … Hit three home runs in a six-game stretch from 4/23-28 … hit solo HR and was 1-for-3 in 4/26 loss vs. Chicago-AL, marking the first time the Yankees lost a game in which he homered (had been 9-0 in such games). … Drew a walk in a season-high seven straight games from 4/28- 5/4, matching Curtis Granderson (6/26-7/4) for the longest such streak by a Yankee in 2011. … Was caught stealing twice in a game for the second time in his career in 6/11 win vs. Cleveland (other on 5/31/10 vs. Cleveland, also with Mitch Talbot pitching and Lou Marson catching). … Stole his 100th career base in the sixth inning of 6/14 win vs. Texas, going 3-for-4 with 3R, 1RBI, 1BB and 1SB. … Hit game-winning ¡§walk-off ¡¨ single in the 12th inning and was 2-for-2 on 6/16 vs. Texas, entering game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement in LF … was his third career “walk-off” hit¡Xall coming in extra innings. … Hit his first career leadoff HR¡Xand the Yankees¡¦ only leadoff HR in 2011¡Xand was 3-for-5 with 2R and 1 double in 6/19 win at Chicago-NL. … Successfully stole a base in 22 straight attempts from 6/25-8/9 … according to Elias, was the longest such streak by a Yankee since Derek Jeter¡¦s 22 in-a-row from 7/20/01-6/2/02 … Elias also notes it was the longest single-season streak by a Yankee since Rickey Henderson¡¦s franchise record of 28 straight stolen bases without being caught in 1988. … Recorded 13SB in July, tying him with Rajai Davis for most in the AL for the month … was the first Yankee since 1920 (when the AL began tracking caught stealing) to steal 13-or-more bases in a calendar month without being caught … his total was the highest for a Yankee in a calendar month since Tony Womack stole 14 bases in May 2005. … Stole at least one base in a career-long fi ve straight games from 7/16-20, marking the longest such streak for a Yankee since Alfonso Soriano in 2002 (credit: Elias). … Went a career-high 48PA without a strikeout from 8/10- 21 (previous career high was 35PA in 2009) … struck out looking in the first inning of 8/23 loss vs. Oakland to snap the stretch … had been the longest active streak without a strikeout in the Majors¡ credit: Elias Sports Bureau. … Batted just .219 (16-for-73) with 14R, 1 double, 1 triple, 2HR, 4RBI and 11SB in 27 games in September. … Hit .412 (7-for-17) with 3R, 1 double, 5RBI in the ALDS loss vs. the Tigers … tied for team lead in hits for the series.
Hit .277 (132-for-477) with 97R, 20 doubles, 7 triples, 5HR, 47RBI and 47SB in 150 games (96 starts in LF, 38 in CF) with the Yankees….stole 47 bases in 56 attempts (83.9%), tied for the fourth-most SB in the Majors. … Led all Major Leaguers with 4.61 pitches seen per plate appearance….swung at only 7.6% of frst pitches, the lowest such mark in the Majors….of the 14 times he swung at the first pitch, recorded 8H (.571BA) with 3 doubles and 1 triple….worked the count to 3-2 in 124 of his 569 plate appearances (21.79%), the third-highest percentage among AL qualifers (credit: Elias)….had 75H with two strikes, tied for seventh in the Majors….ranked 10th in the Majors with one walk every 7.20 plate appearances….ranked 10th in the AL with 79BB. … The Yankees were 56-16 when he scored a run and 20-3 when he scored multiple runs. … Hit .290 (27-for-93) with 21R, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 11RBI in 25 games in the leado. spot in the lineup….batted .342 (40-for-117) when leading o. an inning. … Became the seventh Yankee in the last 70 years to reach the 40-steal plateau in a season (also Rickey Henderson, Roberto Kelly, Mickey Rivers, Steve Sax, Alfonso Soriano and Snuffy Stirnweiss)….marked the most steals by a Yankee in a single season since Rickey Henderson in 1988 (93SB). … Recorded 45.6% of the Yankees’ 103SB in 2010, marking the highest percentage by a Yankee since Rickey Henderson in 1988 (63.7%, 93-of-147)-credit: Elias. … Tied for second in the Majors with 12 outfeld assists….his nine assists as a leftfelder trailed only Minnesota’s Delmon Young (12) for most in the Majors. … Ranked by Baseball America as the AL’s third-fastest and third-best baserunner. … Ranked sixth among Major League outfelders with a .997 felding percentage, committing just 1E in 300 total chances. Made his second straight Opening Day roster….stole home on the back end of a double steal in the fourth inning of 4/4 Opening Day loss at Boston….became the frst Yankee to steal home since Alex Rodriguez on 7/31/04 vs. Baltimore (also as part of a double steal) and the frst Major Leaguer to steal home on Opening Day since Oakland’s Mike Bordick on 4/6/92 vs. Kansas City (credit: Elias). … Batted .323 (21-for-65) with 14R in April, his most runs for any calendar month in his career….also stole 10 bases during the month, tied with Oakland’s Rajai Davis and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen for most in the Majors….marked the most SB by a Yankee in March/April since Chuck Knoblauch led the AL with 11 in 2001….Rickey Henderson is the only other Yankee to steal double-digit bases in March/April (3x: 1988-20; 1986-15; 1989-14). … Had three infeld hits-including two to the pitcher-in 4/17 win vs. Texas, marking the most infield hits by a Yankee since Don Mattingly on 8/19/92 vs. Oakland-credit: Elias. … Homered of a left-handed pitcher (Mark Beuhrle) for the frst time in his career in 5/2 win vs. Chicago-AL, going 2-for-4 with 2R, 2RBI and 1BB. … Did not steal a base over a 13-game span from 5/16-29, the second-longest such stretch of his career behind a 14-game span from 5/5-25/09….was caught stealing twice in a game for the frst time in his career in 5/31 win vs. Cleveland. … Hit a team-high .383 (23-for-60) with 13R and a .472OBP in 21 June games, ranking fourth in the Majors in batting average for the month. … Was removed from 6/8 win at Baltimore for PH (Thames) in the eighth with a sore left thumb and missed the following two games….underwent X-rays on 6/9, the results of which were negative. … Was hit by a pitch in 6/27 loss at Los Angeles-NL, leaving game in the top of the fourth with a bruised right forearm…was diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after X-rays were negative…missed 6/29-7/1 series at Seattle…hit .233 (56-for-240) over the remainder of the season. … Hit his frst career grand slam and was 2-for-3 with 2R and 1BB in 7/3 win vs. Toronto. … Hit second career inside-the-park HR (also 5/15/09 vs. Minnesota)-his second homer in as many games-and was 2-for-4 with 2R and 1BB in 7/4 win vs. Toronto….became the frst player with multiple inside-the-park HRs as a Yankee since Mickey Rivers (1976-79)-credit: SABR’s David Vincent….according to Elias, became the frst player to hit a grand slam and inside-the-park home run in back-to-back games since Scott Rolen on 7/2-3/99 w/ Philadelphia vs. Chicago-NL. … Was ejected for the frst time in his career in 7/21 win vs. Los Angeles-AL for arguing balls and strikes during his seventh-inning AB. … Recorded two outfeld assists in the same game for the frst time in his career in 7/22 win vs. Kansas City….became the frst Yankees left felder with two assist in the same game since Melky Cabrera had two assists on 5/16/06 vs. Texas. … Recorded at least one walk in 10 straight games from 8/25-9/5, marking the longest streak in the Majors in 2010 and the longest by a Yankee since Jorge Posada’s 13-game stretch from 5/9-29/04-credit: Elias. … Played all 20 innings in 10/2 doubleheader at Boston….had 2SB in Game 1 and a career-high-tying 3SB in Game 2, becoming the frst player in franchise history to steal fve bases in a single day (credit: Elias). … Appeared in all nine postseason games, going 5-for-27 (.185) with 2SB. … Underwent surgery on 12/8/10 to have in. amed tissue removed from his right wrist….procedure was performed by Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Hit .270 (67-for-248) with 48R, 3HR, 23RBI and 26SB in 108 games (63 starts in CF) with the Yankees… went 26-for-31 in stolen base attempts (83.9%), ranking third among all Major League rookies… became the third Yankees rookie over the last 50 years (since 1960) to steal at least 26 bases in a season, joining Alfonso Soriano (43SB in 2001) and Willie Randolph (37SB in 1976)…Collected a triple and home run in the same game three times in 2009 (5/13 at Toronto, 5/15 vs. Minnesota and 6/26 at the Mets), becoming the first Yankee to accomplish the feat at least three times in a single season since Hank Bauer in 1957 (also three times)- credit: Elias Sports Bureau…Made his first career Opening Day roster… started in CF in 4/6 Opening Day loss at Baltimore, going 1-for-3 with 1R and 1SH… went hitless (0-for-4) in his second game of the season on 4/8 at Baltimore, snapping his career-high 11-game hitting streak that dated back to 9/15/08…Hit his first Major League home run-a two-run HR in the second inning-and was 2-for-3 with 2R, 1 triple, 3RBI and 1BB in 5/13 win at Toronto… along with Ramiro Pena, became the first pair of Yankees rookies to both hit triples in the same game since 8/31/70, when Thurman Munson and Johnny Ellis did so off Mike Cuellar (credit: Elias)…Hit an inside-the-park solo-HR and was 3-for-3 with 2R and 1 triple on 5/15 vs. Minnesota after entering the game defensively in the fourth in CF when Johnny Damon was ejected… was the first inside-the-park HR by a Yankee since Ricky Ledee on 8/29/99 vs. Seattle… according to Elias, became the fifth Yankees rookie since Divisional play began in 1969 to hit an inside-the-park HR (Johnny Ellis-1969, Deion Sanders-1990, Derek Jeter-1996 and Ricky Ledee-1999)… joined Carl Crawford (2005), Brian Giles (2002) and Fred McGriff (1993) as the only players since 1989 to hit an inside-the-park HR and triple in the same contest (credit: Elias)… Elias also notes that he became just the third Yankee since 1998 to get 3H after entering as a sub (also Lance Johnson, 2000 and Cody Ransom, 2008)…Missed three games from 5/18-20 with a bruised right shoulder… suffered injury in 5/17 win vs. Minnesota when he was tagged out at the plate by Joe Mauer… saw team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad and underwent an MRI at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on 5/18, revealing a bruised right shoulder…Upon his return, reached base safely (via hit, walk or HBP) in 22 straight games with an official plate appearance (including 18 starts) from 5/21-6/26, batting .371 (26- for-70) with 14R, 1 double, 2 triples, 1HR, 5RBI and 9BB…Stole a career-high three bases in 5/26 loss at Texas, going 3-for-5 with 1R… entered the game in the top of the first in CF, replacing an injured Melky Cabrera… collected three hits in a game that he did not start for the second time in 2009 (also 3-for-3 on 5/15), becoming the first player with two three-hit games off the bench in one season since John Shelby for the 1983 Orioles (credit: Elias)…Hit a solo-HR and was 5-for-6 with 3R, 1 triple, 1HR, 2RBI and 1SB in 6/26 win at the Mets, establishing a career high in hits and tying his career high in runs scored… according to Elias, became the first player from either the Yankees or Mets with at least 5H in a Yankees/Mets game during the regular or postseason… Elias also notes Gardner became just the third Yankees rookie in franchise history to record at least 5H and 1HR in the same game, joining Joe DiMaggio in 1936 (5H, 1HR) and Shane Spencer in 1998 (5H, 2HR)…Was placed on the 15-day D.L. on 7/26 with a fractured left thumb… injury occurred while sliding into second base in the first inning in 7/25 loss vs. Oakland… remained in the game and went 1-for-3 with 1 triple… was returned from rehab and reinstated on 9/7 (missed 40 team games)…In 56 games prior to being placed on the disabled list (5/13-7/25), batted .308 (40-for-130) with 25R, 1 double, 6 triples, 3HR, 16RBI, 17BB and 14SB… hit .214 (15-for-70) with 11R, 0HR and 4RBI in 29 games to start the season (4/6-5/12)… in 23 games after being reinstated from the 15-day D.L., batted .250 (12-for-48) with 12R, 2 doubles, 3RBI and 6SB…Appeared in 14 of the Yankees’ postseason games, going 2-for-13 with 3R and 1SB… started the final two games (WS Game 5 and 6) in CF when Melky Cabrera was removed from the roster with a hamstring strain…Hit .379 (25-for-66) with 12R, 3HR and 7RBI in 27 spring training games, tying for the team lead in stolen bases (5) and ranking second in hits… won the 2009 James P. Dawson Award, given to the most outstanding rookie in Yankees spring training by the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
Hit .228 (29-for-117) with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 16RBI and 13SB in 42 games (17 starts in CF, 15 starts in LF) over two stints with the Yankees (6/30-7/25; 8/15-9/28)… the Yankees were 15-3 when he batted ninth…In his professional career, has successfully stolen a base in 84.3 percent of his attempts in the Majors and minors (166-for-197)…Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the 25-man active roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 6/30, making his Major League debut that night in a loss vs. Texas and going 0-for-3 with 1SB as the leadoff hitter… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the first Yankee to make his Major League debut in the leadoff spot since Roberto Kelly on 7/29/87 vs. Kansas City…Stole five bases within his first nine games… according to Elias, became just the third Yankee since 1938 to accomplish the feat, joining Mickey Rivers (1976) and Bobby Abreu (2006)…Recorded his first Major League hit-a seventh-inning single off Warner Madrigal-and was 1-for-4 with 2R, 1RBI, 1BB and 1SB in 7/2 win vs. Texas, also recording his first run and RBI…Notched his first career multi-hit game and “walk-off” hit in 7/6 win vs. Boston, going 2-for-5 with 1R, 1RBI and 1SB… singled home Robinson Cano from second base for the winning run in the 10th inning (off Jonathan Papelbon)… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, became the first Yankee to record a “walk-off” hit in his sixth career game or earlier since Alfonso Soriano (also in his sixth Major League game) hit a pinch-hit, “walk-off” solo home run on 9/24/99 vs. Tampa Bay in a 5-4 Yankees win in 11 innings… Elias also noted he was the first Yankees rookie to provide a “walk-off” hit vs. Boston since Derek Jeter hit a 10th-inning single off Joe Hudson in a 12-11 Yankees victory on 9/21/96…Batted .153 (9-for-59) with 8R, 1 double, 7RBI, 1SF, 2SH and 5SB in 17 games (15 starts in LF, one start in CF) in his first stint with the Yankees before being optioned to Scranton/WB on 7/26… recalled on 8/15 and batted .294 (20-for-68) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 9RBI and 8SB in 25 starts (16 starts in CF) in his second stint with the Yankees…Recorded his first career three-hit game and his second career “walk-off” hit on 8/16 vs. Kansas City, driving in Robinson Cano from second base with two outs in the 13th inning and going 3-for-5 with 1 double, 1RBI and 1BB… became the first Yankees rookie with two “walk-off” hits in one season since Hideki Matsui in 2003 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)… Elias also noted that he became the first Major Leaguer to record two gameending RBIs within his first 20 career games since Ted Simmons had two in his first seven Major League games spanning from 1968-69…Was caught stealing for the first time in his career in 9/15 win vs. Chicago (AL)… according to Elias Sports Bureau, was the first Yankee to begin his Major League career with eight straight successful stolen base attempts since Andy Fox recorded eight consecutive steals in 1996… stole two bases in a game for the first time in his career in 9/16 loss vs. Chicago (AL)…Collected a career-high 4RBI in 9/26 win at Boston, going 2-for-6 with a two-run, bases-loaded single… finished the season with a career-high 10-game hitting streak from 9/15-28, batting .357 (15-for-42) over the stretch…In 94 overall games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batted .296 (101-for-341) with 68R, 12 doubles, 11 triples, 3HR, 32RBI, 70BB, 11SH and 37SB, while recording 27 multi-hit games… led all Yankees farmhands in stolen bases and tied for fourth in batting average…Hit .287 (81-for-282) with 59R, 11 doubles, 10 triples, 3HR, 29RBI, 61BB, 34SB and 11SH in 80 games (61 starts in CF, 13 starts in LF) with Scranton/WB prior to joining the Yankees for the first time… at the time of his promotion, led all Triple-A players in triples, stolen bases and sacrifice hits and ranked first in the International League in walks, was second in OBP (.412) and fourth in runs scored…Hit the first “walk-off” home run in Scranton/WB Yankees history on 4/23 vs. Buffalo, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth…In 14G with Scranton/WB between being optioned and recalled (7/26-8/24), batted .339 (20-for-59) with 9R, 1 double, 1 triple, 3RBI, 9BB and 3SB… hit safely in his last 7G with SWB from 8/4-14, batting .462 (12-for-26) with 7BB… reached base in seven of his last eight plate appearances, tallying consecutive three-hit games (3-for-3 with 1BB at Pawtucket on 8/13 and 3-for-4 vs. Lehigh Valley on 8/14)…Was tabbed as having the IL’s “Best Strike Zone Judgment” and being the IL’s “Best Baserunner” by Baseball America… was also named to the publication’s Triple-A All-Star team… entered the season ranked by the Baseball America as the eighth-best prospect in the organization and as the “Fastest Baserunner.”
Hit .281 (108-for-384) with 18 doubles, 8 triples, 1HR, 35RBI and 39SB in 99 combined games with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre… led all Yankees minor leaguers in stolen bases and tied for the Thunder team-lead with five triples…Began the year at Trenton, batting .300 (61-for-203) with 18SB in 54 games… missed a month of action on the disabled list from 5/5-6/8 with a fractured right hand after being hit by an errant pitch on 5/4 at New Britain…Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 7/13 where he hit .260 (47-for-181) and successfully stole a base in 21-of-24 attempts… hit his first professional home run on 8/21 vs. Rochester, leading off the game in a 3-1 loss…Following the season, played with the Peoria Javelinas, hitting safely in 24-of-26 contests and leading the Arizona Fall League in stolen bases (16) and runs scored (27) while ranking second in hits (37), tying for third in walks (17), and placing fourth in on-base percentage (.433) and fifth in batting average (.343)… was named to the 2007 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team…Entered the season ranked as the Yankees’ 10th-best prospect by Baseball America.