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Eric Gagne says 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates used steroids

Sep 26, 2012, 8:23 AM EST

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Former Dodgers closer Eric Gagne has a new biography coming out. And he’s droppin’ bombs: He says that 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates were using PEDS:

In the book, Gagne does not provide any names of players he says used PEDs. Baseball began stricter testing in the spring of 2006. Players are subject to HGH testing during spring training and in the offseason, but not during the season.

“I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the Dodgers players were consuming them,” Gagne says in the book.

That’s … a lot.

Gagne played for the Dodgers from 1999-2006. His best season — 2003 — came right before the onset of PED testing. On that team was Mitchell Report veterans Paul Lo Duca and Kevin Brown.  Two-time testing loser Guillermo Mota was there too.  There are other interesting names who played on those early 2000s Dodgers teams too, in big and small roles. Many of whom — if they were specifically outed — would create quite an uproar.

If he’s telling the truth it certainly paints an even more stark picture of PED use in that era.  But it also reveals just how unfair it is to single out certain individual players from that era and pretending that they were uniquely villainous.

  1. badintent - Sep 26, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Lets put all the baseball players on a bike and have them crank through the Alps “Tour De France”. The ones that pass Lance Armstrong are doping !! The ones that fall off the road and down a 5000 foot cliff are not. Bon Jour. Bon Jovi

  2. mazblast - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    If he’s not naming names, he’s being chickensh** about the whole thing. Even if he’s right, the other 20% are being tarred with the same brush and should go beat the crap out of him.

  3. cosanostra71 - Sep 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    I feel like the Dodgers would have been better if this was true.

  4. badintent - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    @paperlions,
    I recall when Tommy Lorsoda said” I watch Mike (Pizza) work out for hours in the gym, he is so strong from those weights !” Get thee to a gym ,(like the kind Pete Rose hung out in when he became a manager ) and you’ll see how juice and HGH really work. Creatine was used by tons of NFL players as a legal subsitute for roids until lots of them started dropping like flies at summer camps( dehydrates the body quickly). Read first, then you can make intelligent statements.You can still buy Andro in Canada legally, but it’s under different names. Try it , your girl will love your new equipment,”Where you get the big pole from , the plumber’s store ? “

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