Gardner attended walk-on tryouts for the baseball team at the College of Charleston in 2001. He batted .397 in 2004 for the College, and in his senior year, Gardner hit .447, tying the record for the most hits in college baseball (122).
Gardner made his major league debut on June 30, 2008. Batting leadoff, he went 0-for-3 with a stolen base. Two days later, on July 2, Gardner collected his first hit major league hit and first RBI.
The next season Gardner served as the Yankees starting center fielder. He Gardner played 108 games, batting .270/3 HR/23 RBI/26 stolen bases. Gardner was also part of the Yankees’ World Series run, appearing in all but one of the Yankees postseason games, and helping the Yankees win their 27th title.
He has played his entire 13-year MLB career as a member of the Yankees, compiling a career batting average of .259 with 129 career home runs and 539 RBI in over 1,500 games played.