MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – College of Charleston baseball has announced a tribute ceremony for Brett Gardner for Friday, April 25 prior to CofC’s game against Bethune-Cookman.
College of Charleston will unveil a special outfield display on the wall in left-center field, showcasing Gardner and his accomplishments as CofC’s most distinguished baseball product.
Gardner was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees and has been a starter in one of the world’s most recognizable sports franchises for the past few seasons, winning a World Series in 2009. He made his major league debut on June 30, 2008, stealing a base in his first game.
The speedy outfielder has won two Fielding Bible Awards as the best defensive left fielder in all of MLB, earning the honor in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he tied for first in the American League in stolen bases (49). Gardner has tallied 162 stolen bases in his seven-year pro career and has hit .268 with 340 runs scored. He has compiled a .733 on-base plus slugging percentage.
Gardner played for CofC from 2002-05, earning All-SoCon First Team honors in 2004 and 2005. He ranked third in the nation with his .447 batting average in 2005, a single-season mark that ranks second in CofC history and ninth all-time in SoCon history. That season, his 122 hits tied for most in the country.
He finished his career with a .368 batting average, ranking eighth all-time, while leading the Cougar record books in runs scored (214), stolen bases (97) and sacrifices (53). He ranks second all-time in hits (297) and triples (16), and is fourth in total bases (395). Gardner’s 53 career sacrifice hits still lead the SoCon record books, while his 97 stolen bases rank 10th in the SoCon records.
A local native from Holly Hill, S.C., Gardner went to Holly Hill Academy. He performed a rehab assignment at the Charleston Riverdogs, the Yankees’ Single-A affiliate, in the summer of 2012.