Eric Gagne says 80% of Dodgers used performance-enhancing drugs
Former Cy Young Award-winning relief pitcher Eric Gagne reportedly alleges in a new book that 80% of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs.
The allegation, in which Gagne did not identify the other players, is contained in his upcoming autobiography “Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne,” according to ESPN.
“I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived,” Gagne, a Canadian, writes in the French-language book. “I would say that 80% of the Dodgers were consuming them.”
Gagne (pronounced Gon-yay) pitched for the Dodgers from 1999 to 2006, during which time he set a major-league record of converting 84 consecutive saves chances. That prompted the phrase “game over” when he arrived at the mound.
The right-hander was a three-time All Star and won the Cy Young Award in 2003.
But in late-2007, Gagne was listed in the Mitchell Report as a user of human growth hormone (HGH), and in 2010 he admitted to using HGH, telling Times columnist T.J. Simers that he was “so ashamed” of it and that “it wasn’t smart.”
Gagne, now 36, writes in his book that his HGH use “was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career.”
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