Brett Gardner, mainly known for his baseball career, was born in Holy Hills, South Carolina. He is a baseball outfielder and plays from New York Yankees who started playing baseball from his college days. Brett got attached to baseball since his high school days and was first involved in the College of Charleston baseball team and then got into College of Charleston Cougars. He was selected in All-Southern Conference team.
Early Life of Brett Gardner
Brett Michael Gardner was born on August 24, 1983, in Holly Hill, South Carolina to Jerry Gardner and Faye Gardner. His father, Jerry played in the minors for the Phillies.
Gardner was raised along with his older brother, Glen on the farm of Holly Hill. He is an American and belongs to the white ethnicity.
Gardner joined the Holly Hill Academy in Holly Hill, South Carolina, and played for the school's baseball team. He also used to play for American Legion Baseball for St. George Post 105.
In 2001, he attends the walk-on tryouts for the baseball team at the College of Charleston and became the three-year starter for the college.
Brett Gardner's Career
Brett Gardner started his professional career in baseball after starting to play for New York Yankees in the third round in 2005. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round, with the 109th overall selection, of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.
He played several minor leagues through 2008 and had a .291 batting average and a .389 OBP. He made a debut in Major League Baseball from New York Yankees in 2008 and is still playing for New York Yankees.
Gardner was named the Yankees' starting center fielder for the 2009 season. In 2014, Gardner extended his contract with Yankees for four years. In 2015 he was one of the five candidates that chosen for the All-Star Final Vote for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game but later he was removed after being chosen to replace the injured Alex Gordon on the All-Star team.
Gardner succeeds to win the Gold Glove Award for American League left fielders in 2016. In 2017, he was listed as a Gold Glove finalist but ultimately he lost to Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals.
Brett Gardner's Net Worth
Brett Gardner is one of the highest paid baseball players. In 2005, he signed a contract with New York Yankees and received a $210,000 signing bonus. In 2012, Gardner and Yankees agreed on a $2.8 million contract for that year season. He earns $150,000 in performance bonuses under the new deal: $25,000 each for 375, 400, 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.
He extends his contract with the Yankees for 4-years in 2014, the contract worth is $52 million. In 2011, Gardner purchased a property in Summerville, South Carolina which cost $1.1 million.
As of 2017, Gardner's estimated net worth is $25 million which earned from his 12 years long baseball career.
Brett Gardner's Personal Life
Gardner is happily married to Jessica Clendenin. The duo exchanged a vow in 2007 at an intimate ceremony in the presence of their closed ones. The duo is proud parents of two sons; Hunter and Miller.
During his offseason time, Gardner along with his family reside in Summerville, South Carolina. He is known as one of the fastest players in the Major League and one of the most disciplined player. He is the third best player in the American League.