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The Dodgers release Eric Gagne

Mar 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors.  Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors.

I would assume that Gagne’s career is over.  The Rockies had offered him deal similar to that which the Dodgers offered, but I’m fairly certain the demote-then-release dynamic would have played out the same way there too.  He’s on record this spring saying that the independent leagues were no fun — and he wasn’t that good in the Can-Am league to begin with, going 6-6 with a 4.65 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 102 2/3 innings as a
starter — so I doubt he’s heading back there. Dude just can’t pitch anymore.

  1. Jack Meoffer - Mar 22, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    Yet another juicer who can’t come close to what he once did after he attempts to play “clean”. It’s amazing.

  2. Jonny5 - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Then you have guys like Jamie Moyer who going into his 24th season at 47 years old, is tacking on 1 run off an error and sac fly in 5 innings. Unreal, much respect to Jamie.

  3. Spice - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    Jack
    As shown by your thinly disguised and incredibly stupid screen name, you are obviously incapable of an original thought
    Gagne had two major arm injuries requiring surgery..
    Yes he admitted to HGH use, a drug shown to help healing but never shown to actually improve performance.

  4. TimberLee - Mar 22, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    It looks very likely that Gagne is done, but I’ll remember his string of dominant performances for a long time. He was fun to watch. Bonne chance.

  5. Mike - Mar 23, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    I wonder… is he thankful he picked up a ring in 2007 despite not actually doing anything productive for the Red Sox, or bitter that his only World Series win came as little more than a technicality? Either way it’s a shame he never rose again to the same level as when he was with the Dodgers.

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