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The early birds get the work

...minors or a ticket to the majors. "I saw some reports on Rafael Furcal in the desk here that (former Jackets manager Billy Gardner) wrote up, and it had Furcal striking out three times a night in this league," Beyeler said of the Atlanta Braves...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/08/31/gja_355708.shtml
GreenJackets
Ex-Jacket returns to Lake

...playoffs that fall, but Hart came away with a championship and memories he will never forget "I remember (manager) Billy Gardner telling us at the end of the first half that we were the worst team in professional baseball," Hart said. "And...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/13/oth_348301.shtml
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Boulanger successful as 'teacher'

...this club." When he arrived in Augusta, Boulanger spoke of how the job of managing the 1999 SAL champion Jackets by Billy Gardner -- now at Double-A Trenton -- would be a tough act to follow. So far in 2000, all Boulanger has done is lead...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/09/04/bas_294774.shtml
Baseball
Jackets rebuild after win

...League championship squad last season was promoted to Boston's High Class A affiliate in Sarasota. Former manager Billy Gardner was promoted to the Red Sox's Class AA affiliate in Trenton, while several of the GreenJackets' management staff...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/04/06/bas_286240.shtml
Baseball
GreenJackets have new look

...Fla., with Boston's rookie club in the Gulf Coast League. The majority of last year's club, including manager Billy Gardner, earned promotions this off-season. Gardner was promoted to Class AA Trenton, while many of last year's Jackets...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/04/02/bas_285608.shtml
Baseball
GreenJackets win SAL title

...finished the regular season one game under .500 at 69-70. "These guys are a special bunch," Jackets manager Billy Gardner said. "They busted their tails for six months and didn't pack it in when things were going bad. I'm so proud...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/18/bas_270496.shtml
Baseball
GreenJackets lose, play for title tonight

...see four errors up there in a game this important, chances are you aren't going to win," said Jackets manager Billy Gardner, whose club gave up three unearned runs after allowing only three in the previous six playoff games. "We've got...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/17/bas_270407.shtml
Baseball
Victory will clinch SAL title

...pitching was going to be the key to our success in the playoffs, and they've come up pretty big," Jackets manager Billy Gardner said. "You can't ask for much more than what this staff has given us. From the guys in the rotation to the bullpen...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/16/bas_270328.shtml
Baseball
GreenJackets notebook: Red Sox's Gordon starts for Augusta

...the Eastern League playoffs Saturday night. With Trenton eliminated from the postseason on Monday, Jackets manager Billy Gardner got word from Boston that Gordon would be joining the team in Fayetteville on Tuesday. Gordon walked Cape Fear leadoff...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/15/bas_270258.shtml
Baseball
Jackets to play Cape Fear Crocs on Tuesday

HICKORY, N.C. -- The decision by manager Billy Gardner to remove ace Jason Norton after five innings nearly backfired, but it could pay off with a ring in the end. The Jackets defeated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/13/bas_270128.shtml
Baseball