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Mark Gardner #26

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Full Name:
Mark Gardner
Uniform #:
26

COACHING CAREER
Former Giants hurler embarks on 11th season as part of Giants' coaching staff in 2013, again filling role as club's bullpen coach. Has assisted pitching coach Dave Righetti during first 10 seasons as big league coach.

PLAYING CAREER
Enjoyed successful 13-year career as ML pitcher, culminating in 6-year stay in San Francisco that saw him become one of club's most popular and inspirational players...right-hander posted lifetime 99-93 mark with save and 4.56 ERA in 345 games (275 starts) for Montreal (1989-92), Kansas City (1993), Florida (1994-95) and Giants (1996-2001). ... Notched double-digit victories in 4 of 6 SF campaigns (1996-98 and 2000), logging 58-45 mark with 4.71 ERA in 175 games (147 starts) in Giants uniform...also reached 10-win plateau with Montreal in 1992. ... Made 112 starts for Giants from 1996-99, with only John Burkett (157) making more starts for SF during 1990's...was 1st Giant pitcher to reach double digits in wins for 3 straight seasons (1996-98) since Burkett did it 4-consecutive years (1990-93). ... Pitched 9-inning no-hitter July 26, 1991 at Los Angeles while with Montreal, but gave up 2 hits in 10th. ... Originally came to SF after signing as free agent at end of 1996 Spring Training and emerged as club's winningest pitcher that season. ... Was voted by his Giants teammates, coaches and training staff as co-winner (with Benito Santiago) of 2001 "Willie Mac" Award, given to most inspirational player on team.

PERSONAL
Married (Kerry Steitz, Jan. 19, 2008)...has two sons (Nicholas, Sept. 24, 1992 and Daniel Dean, May 30, 1995). Graduated from Clovis (CA) High School. Attended Fresno (CA) City College and Fresno State University. Played for U.S. team during tour of Cuba in fall of 1984. Has been very involved, along with late wife, Lori, with California Organ Donor Network, working with that organization and Stanford Medical Center in raising awareness of need for organ and tissue donors. Lori and Mark also created Step to the Plate Foundation, which helps families of transplant recipients. Donates money to Garth Brooks' Teammates for Kids Foundation, supports California's Responsible Fatherhood Campaign with special visits and other work

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