Former Cy Young Award winner and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Eric Gagne, has recently released a biography titled “Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne” and it is written completely in French. The fact that Gagne has come out with a book is not really headlining news, many athletes do so after their retirement nor is the fact that it is written in French, after all he is French-Canadian. However, the fact that he has attempted to throw several of his former Los Angeles Dodgers teammates under the bus in this biography is shocking.
Gagne first admitted his use of Human Growth Hormone following his retirement from baseball in 2010, so there was nothing new to tell about that in his biography. However, his claim that approximately 80% of his Dodgers also used some form of Performance Enhancing Drugs was definitely an eye-brow raising topic. Gagne’s tenure with the Dodgers lasted from 1999-2006 and during that time he played with several big names including Gary Sheffield, Eric Karros, Adrian Beltre, Kevin Brown, Raul Mondesi, Shawn Green, Jeff Weaver, Brian Jordan, Jim Leyritz, Guillermo Mota and J.D. Drew.
Although Gagne did not name specific names in the biography, a few of those players have already been linked to P.E.D. usage in the past. Including former teammate Mota, who was suspended by Major League Baseball for failing an MLB administered drug test. Drew and Sheffield were also mentioned in the now infamous Mitchell Report a few years back.
When the book was brought up to several of these players, some of whom are still involved in Major League Baseball in some capacity, they each had interesting comments for members of the media. Beltre who now plays for the Texas Rangers said that Gagne should have “named names instead of giving a percentage” while Robin Ventura who now manages the Chicago White Sox replied that he was “part of the 20%” who didn’t use them.
Whether Gagne’s accusations are true or not they have definitely made news and only time will tell if he is telling the truth. One thing is for certain the usage of P.E.D.’s was an extreme issue in the MLB during the time frame mentioned by Gagne in his book but now thanks to strong testing policies it has become much more obsolete in the game since then.