When Did Brett Gardner Join the Yankees?

Brett Gardner joined the Yankees in 2008.

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2008

Brett Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in 2005 and made his MLB debut in 2008. He became a full-time starter in 2010 and has been a key player for the Yankees ever since. In 2016, he helped lead the Yankees to the American League Pennant.

Acquired by Yankees

Brett Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the College of Charleston. He made his Major League debut on June 30, 2008, as a defensive replacement in left field against the Tampa Bay Rays and recorded his first hit on July 2, 2008, against Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher Garrett Olson.

Made MLB Debut

Brett Gardner made his MLB debut on June 30, 2008, when he was called up to play for the New York Yankees. He played in his first game that day, starting in left field and batting seventh in the lineup. He went 0-for-3 at the plate in that game, but the Yankees won 4-2.

2009

Brett Gardner joined the New York Yankees in 2009. He is an outfielder and has played a major role in the team’s success over the past decade. In 2009, he played in 16 games and had 19 hits.

Hit First Career Home Run

Brett Gardner hit his first career home run on June 25, 2009, against the Baltimore Orioles. The home run was a solo shot off of Baltimore reliever Jamie Walker.

Played in First World Series

Brett Gardner played in his first World Series in 2009. The Yankees lost to the Phillies in six games.

2010

Brett Gardner joined the Yankees in 2010. He was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Yankees. He made his debut with the Yankees in 2008.

Hit for the Cycle

In baseball, hitting for the cycle is the accomplishment of one batter hitting a single, a double, a triple, and a home run in the same game. Collecting the hits in order is known as “natural” or “straight” cycle; hits out of order are known as an “alternate” cycle or “splits” cycle.[1] Cycles are rare in Major League Baseball (MLB). The last player to hit for the natural cycle was Mark Teahen on May 27, 2010.[2]

The most cycles completed by a player in a career is 8, completed by Babe Herman. Of the 303 players with more than one completed cycle, 76 players accomplished multiple cycles throughout their careers. Bobby Veach and Ken Williams are the only players to hit for three cycles in one season. Vegueros de Occidente’s Lorenzo Barceló became the first player to hit for three cycles in a Dominican Winter League game when he did so on January 15, 2017.[3]

Cycles are said to be more common in Minor League Baseball (MiLB), although their frequency at that level has not been well documented. The first recorded instance of hitting for the cycle at that level occurred on August 3, 1909 as part of a doubleheader when Bert Cunningham hit three triples and a home run as part of four hits total between games of Winchester Dodgers’split.[4][5]

Cycles have also been hit numerous times in international competitions involving top-level professional teams from different nations. An early example was on June 29, 1908 when Italy’s Bing Miller played for Team USA and hit triples in his first three plate appearances against Australia during an exhibition game played as part of that year’s Summer Olympics competition held in London.[6][7] Major League Baseball recognizes cycles accomplished during its annual World Baseball Classic tournament as well since 2013.[8]

Stole 49 Bases

Brett Gardner became a full-time starter in 2010 and had a breakout year, batting .273 with 10 home runs, 47 RBIs, and an AL-leading 49 stolen bases. He also played excellent defense in center field, and hisWAR of 4.3 made him the Yankees’ most valuable position player that season.

2011

Brett Gardner was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of the 2005 MLB Draft and made his debut with the team in 2008. He was a key member of the Yankees’ World Series-winning team in 2009 and has been with the team ever since.

Won Gold Glove

In 2011, Brett Gardner won his first Gold Glove Award, given to the best defensive player at each position in Major League Baseball. The award was well-deserved; that season, Gardner led all MLB outfielders in putouts (371), assists (11), and defensive runs saved (19). He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, committing zero errors in 315 total chances.

Led MLB in Sacrifices

Brett Gardner might not be the most famous Yankee, but he’s been an important piece of the team for a while now. He made his MLB debut in 2008 and has been with the team ever since. In 2011, he had a breakout year, leading MLB in sacrifices with 49.

2012

Brett Gardner was drafted by the New York Yankees in 2005. He made his Major League debut in 2008. He played in several games in 2008 and 2009 before becoming a regular player in 2010. He has been with the Yankees ever since.

Won Silver Slugger

In 2012, Brett Gardner had one of his best seasons as a New York Yankee. He played in 151 games, batting .323/.383/.516 with 24 home runs, 37 stolen bases, and an OPS+ of 136. He won the Silver Slugger award that year, given to the best offensive player at each position.

Hit 20 Home Runs

In 2012, Brett Gardner had his best season as a Yankee, hitting 20 home runs with 53 RBIs and a batting average of .323. He also stole 49 bases, leading the American League.

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