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Eric Gagne when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on June 6, 2006 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 8-5.
Eric Gagne, the former Dodger flamethrower just burned his old team.
ESPN is reporting that the former Cy Young Award-winning closer is releasing a memoir where he alleges that most of his Dodger teammates used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during his time with the club.
"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived," Gagne says in his book "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," according to the sports network. "I would say that 80% of the Dodgers were consuming them."
The goateed French Canadian from Montreal was a major force for the Dodgers from 1999 to 2006. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003 a career season where he had an ERA of 1.20 with 137 strikeouts and had 55 saves.
The once-likeable right-hander struggled with injuries in 2005 and 2006 and the Dodgers did not sign him to a new contract in '06.
In 2007, Gagne was among the 89 baseball players (like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada) named in the infamous "Mitchell Report" for using illegal performance-enhancing substances.
"I thought it would help me get better when I hurt my knee," Gagne told T.J. Simers in 2010, admitting that he had taken human growth hormones (HGH).
"I'm so ashamed. It wasn't smart. If I knew what I know now. . . . I didn't need it. I regret it so much, just now maybe getting over the guilt. It was stupid," the pitcher who used to burst out of the bullpen to the strains of Guns 'N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" said.
Now a few years later, Gagne writes in his forthcoming book that HGH "was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career."