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Game Over: Eric Gagne is France’s pitching coach in World Baseball Classic

Sep 19, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

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Barry Larkin has signed on to be Brazil’s manager for the World Baseball Classic and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has news of another big name taking a WBC gig:

Eric Gagne will be France’s pitching coach (he’s a French-Canadian from Montreal).

My first reaction was to be amused, but that only lasted a few seconds before I thought, “Wow, I’m old.”

Gagne debuted in 1999, won the Cy Young award in 2003, and last pitched in 2008 for the Brewers. He’s now 37.

I’m looking forward to a whole pitching staff throwing Vulcan changeups.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    He’s a perfect fit.

    If I remember his job with the Red Sox accurately…..he’s pretty damn good at surrendering games.

    • mrfloydpink - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      When do they play Germany?

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        Gagne’s first move as coach was to give Germany all their best players.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    At least he will not be pitching for Canada. We dodged that bullet.

  3. Brian Murphy - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    In a somewhat related story, Brad Ausmus is the manager of Team Israel, and Shawn Green is on the active roster.


  4. ericellers - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    France… That ” surrendering” comment was not lost on this guy! Haha

  5. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    How do you say steroids in French?

  6. jaybird22seven - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Typical Frenchman separatist !!!!
    Three cheers for leaving Canada !!!!

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