Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson

Mike Gardiner will always be thankful for the 15 days in 1994 that Sparky Anderson made him a big league closer. With ninth-inning fixture Mike Henneman on the disabled list, the Tigers venerable manager called the Sarnia, Ont., native into his office to tell him he would be the interim closer. “Sparky told me notContinue reading “Canadian Mike Gardiner reflects on playing for Sparky Anderson”

Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner

While other kids were shoveling snow off their backyard rinks, Mike Gardiner was clearing the sidewalk in front of his house, so he could play catch with his dad. “I always played catch on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day,” recalled Gardiner, a Sarnia, Ont., native who pitched six seasons in the big leagues. “MyContinue reading “Ex-Expos: Whatever happened to … Mike Gardiner”