Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who appeared in the Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball, has decided to retire, according to a report by the French-Canadian website RueFrontenac.com. Gagne lives in Phoenix but is originally from Montreal.
The report comes less than a month after Gagne failed in his comeback bid with the club as a non-roster invitee to spring training. MLB.com reported the story, citing the French-language site's interview with Gagne, who lives in Phoenix area but is originally from Montreal.
After pitching last season for the Quebec Capitals in the independent Can-Am League, Gagne signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February and came to big-league spring training, where he admitted that his career had been tarnished by the Mitchell report and eventually told the Los Angeles Times that he had used human growth hormone.Gagne won the National League Cy Young Award as the Dodgers' closer in 2003, a season in which he converted all 55 of his save opportunities as part of a three-year stretch in which he successfully converted a record 84 consecutive save chances.