Billy Gardner Jr.

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William Frederick Gardner Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

The son of Billy Gardner, first baseman Billy Gardner Jr. was drafted in the 37th round of the 1984 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins but opted for college. He was then drafted in the 50th round of the 1987 amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals. He played two seasons in their farm system, hitting .316/~.396/.378 in 98 AB for the GCL Royals in 1987 and .250/~.375/.300 in 60 AB (moving to 3B) for the Eugene Emeralds in 1988.

Gardner was a coach for the Pittsfield Mets (1990-1991), St. Lucie Mets (1992), Butte Copper Kings (1993), and High Desert Mavericks (1994). Gardner began his managerial career in 1995 with a co-op team before moving to the Boston Red Sox chain, then back to the Royals organization. In 2006, he managed the Dayton Dragons in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, and since 2007, he has been skipper of the Montgomery Biscuits, the Tampa Bay Rays' AA affiliate. He was named Southern League Manager of the Year in 2012.

Gardner was scheduled to be manager of the Harrisburg Senators in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Sources include MWLGuide.com

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1995 Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League 19-51 8th Co-op
1996 Lowell Spinners New York-Penn League 33-41 9th Boston Red Sox
1997 Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League 70-67 4th Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1998 Michigan Battle Cats Midwest League 79-61 2nd (t) Boston Red Sox Lost in 1st round
1999 Augusta Greenjackets South Atlantic League 69-70 8th Boston Red Sox League Champs
2000 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 67-75 9th Boston Red Sox
2001 Trenton Thunder Eastern League 67-75 8th Boston Red Sox
2002 Sarasota Red Sox Florida State League 62-74 10th Boston Red Sox
2003 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League 80-60 1st Kansas City Royals Lost in 1st round
2004 Wilmington Blue Rocks Carolina League 77-62 2nd Kansas City Royals Lost League Finals
2005 High Desert Mavericks California League 75-65 3rd (t) Kansas City Royals Lost in 1st round
2006 Dayton Dragons Midwest League 67-73 9th Cincinnati Reds
2007 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 81-59 1st Tampa Bay Devil Rays League Champs
2008 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 69-70 6th Tampa Bay Rays
2009 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 65-74 6th (t) Tampa Bay Rays
2010 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 72-66 5th Tampa Bay Rays
2011 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 65-74 7th Tampa Bay Rays
2012 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 74-63 2nd Tampa Bay Rays Lost in 1st round
2013 Montgomery Biscuits Southern League 71-69 6th Tampa Bay Rays
2014 Syracuse Chiefs International League 81-62 1st Washington Nationals Lost in 1st round
2015 Syracuse Chiefs International League 66-78 10th Washington Nationals
2016 Syracuse Chiefs International League 61-82 14th Washington Nationals
2017 Syracuse Chiefs International League 54-87 14th Washington Nationals

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