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#1 MDI

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 09:49 AM

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Eric Gagne, at 34 years old and not far removed from being one of the best closers in baseball, told a Canadian website, RueFrontenac.com, that he has decided to retire.

Gagne was last seen pitching for the Dodgers -- the club he started his career with and was pretty much unhittable for from 2002-04 -- but after being signed to a Minor League contract in February, he was assigned to Minor League camp in mid-March.

This spring, the right-hander struggled, giving up six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of Cactus League play (a 20.25 ERA). Although he accepted his Minor League assignment, Gagne said he opted to retire partly because he didn't want to block a young prospect from eventually living out his dreams in the Major Leagues.

The book on Gagne closes with a 33-26 record, a 3.47 ERA and 187 saves over 10 years in the big leagues.

His best stretch came in Los Angeles from 2002-04, when he combined to post a 1.79 ERA and collect 152 saves while making his three trips to the National League All-Star Game. Gagne won the NL Cy Young Award in 2003, posting a 1.20 ERA and leading the Majors with 55 saves.

But he had elbow surgery in 2005, followed by back surgery in '06, and bounced around, pitching for the Rangers, Red Sox, Brewers and in the CanAm League before the Dodgers gave him what ended up being his last shot.

Gagne, named on the Mitchell Report in 2007, told the Los Angeles Times in February that he used human-growth hormone during his best years.


Probably the best closer in baseball from 2002-2004. So dominant damn!

Edited by MDI, April 19, 2010 - 09:50 AM.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 10:19 AM

He's off the enhancements which is why he sucks now.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 11:06 AM

He's off the enhancements which is why he sucks now.


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Gagné battled injuries of several kinds in early 2005, pitching in only 14 games, though still very well (2.70 ERA, 8 saves in 8 opportunities). On June 21, 2005, it was announced that Gagné would undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair a sprained ligament in his right elbow. Recovery would take a year or more; furthermore, a return to major league pitching after a second Tommy John operation (Gagné's first was in 1997) is nearly unprecedented, having since been achieved by another Dodger reliever, the Taiwanese left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. However, as surgeons began to perform the operation, they discovered instead a nerve entrapped by scar tissue and were able to release it with a less invasive procedure. Gagné was still unable to play for the remainder of the 2005 season.

Gagné expressed hope that an accelerated recovery would allow him to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March 2006, but he eventually decided that it was not worth the risk, and to focus on preparing to pitch in the regular season.

After some encouraging outings in early spring training, pain in Gagné's pitching elbow forced him to undergo a second surgery, this time to remove entirely the nerve that doctors had previously attempted to stabilize. More recovery time ensued, but Gagné finally pitched in his first regular-season game of 2006 on June 3. He made two appearances for the Dodgers, pitching two scoreless innings and earning one save, but pain from the nerve in his elbow recurred, and he returned to the disabled list on June 12. A further (and apparently unrelated) setback occurred on July 4, when Gagné awoke with intense pain in his back. An examination revealed two herniated discs, and Gagné underwent a season-ending back surgery on July 8.


Did he take stuff that enhanced his performance? Probably. Because he had Tommy John surgery early in his career in '97. It wasn't till 2002 where he became the closer and started dominating until 2004. There are so many players that take steroids to recover from injuries to strengthen their body. He reportedly received a shipment in 2004 of HGH and then his career went downward in 2005 due to injuries and never recovered. Regardless of his use of PED's, he was still an amazing pitcher. And it was good times at Dodger Stadium when Welcome to the Jungle blasted on the speakers.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 12:36 PM

Know before you say.



Did he take stuff that enhanced his performance? Probably. Because he had Tommy John surgery early in his career in '97. It wasn't till 2002 where he became the closer and started dominating until 2004. There are so many players that take steroids to recover from injuries to strengthen their body. He reportedly received a shipment in 2004 of HGH and then his career went downward in 2005 due to injuries and never recovered. Regardless of his use of PED's, he was still an amazing pitcher. And it was good times at Dodger Stadium when Welcome to the Jungle blasted on the speakers.



Was he not an amazing pitcher because of the PED's? Usually you can tell a player is off the drugs when they start to get tons of injuries in their joints, etc. It's very hard not to say he wasn't using anything.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 12:49 PM

I went to the game where he blew the 85th consecutive save opportunity. It's safe to say, I deflated him.

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Posted April 19, 2010 - 01:29 PM

Was he not an amazing pitcher because of the PED's? Usually you can tell a player is off the drugs when they start to get tons of injuries in their joints, etc. It's very hard not to say he wasn't using anything.


Never said he wasn't using anything.

Could he have been an amazing pitcher of PED's? Yes and no.

People but so much stock into PED's and what it does for players. But like I have told people over and over again, as a hitter, it doesn't allow you to make contact with the ball, as a pitcher, it doesn't allow you to control your pitches, and as a fielder, it doesn't allow to field ground balls cleanly.

Gagne threw harder, yes, but he developed what he called the "vulcan" change up plus a nasty curve, which had nothing to do with PED's.

I hate Barry Bonds with a passion because of his egotistical attitude and cause he played for the Giants. Did steroids help him hit homeruns? Yes. But earlier in his career, he was still a great hitter and a smart hitter. PED's didn't help with those.

Does it make you faster and stronger? Yes. Does it add velocity to a fastball? Yes. But other than that, these baseball players all got to the Major Leagues because of talent they worked hard to improve on. Anyone who has played the game of baseball knows just how difficult the game is. It may be boring to some, but it is challenging as hell. But still gives to right for any players to use PED's. Unfortunately, its the culture of baseball to keep going at a high level. At first players were taking PED's to get a step up on the competition. But in the last 10-15 years, players were using PED's just to keep up with the competition. It's a sad fact.




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