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This time it really is over: Dodgers release Gagne

Gagne_300 Well, it was a nice thought. Almost romantic. Its execution, however, left something to be desired.

So as Ken Gurnick reports at dodgers.com, on Sunday night reliever Eric Gagne asked for and was given his release by the Dodgers.

L.A. Game Over.

Gagne was one of the most exciting players in Dodgers history, a record closer and a Cy Young Award winner in 2003. When the bullpen gates opened and the loudspeakers blared Guns N’ Roses’ "Welcome to the Jungle," Dodger Stadium absolutely rocked.

But then came elbow and back injuries, free agency and a link to performance-enhancing drugs in the Mitchell Report. He spent last season in an independent league.

Gagne wanted to make a comeback with the team that had witnessed his glory years. He signed late and then struggled. He agreed he needed more work and accepted a minor league assignment after posting a 20.25 earned-run average in 2-2/3 innings this spring.

Now, he apparently wants another opportunity.

"Both sides thought at this juncture it was in Eric's best interest to see if he can find another opportunity, rather than wait until later in spring or into April if he wants to continue to pitch," General Manager Ned Colletti told Gurnick. "It's better that he has a couple weeks to go."

Gagne is only 34. Maybe he yet pulls of his comeback. But his Dodgers career is officially over.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Eric Gagne with the Dodgers in 2002. Credit: Paul Chiasson / Associated Press.

 
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I don't think anyone could say it better than you just did: Game Over.
It is sad, though, to see Gagne's career end this way, but I had a feeling he was already done when they signed him.

Welcome to the jungle. He got a $8 million contract a few years ago. I hope he saved some money for retirement because it's here, dude.

Sorry to see this happen, even though it was very disappointing when he turned down the Dodgers offer back in 2007 for only slightly more from the Rangers. I think he was still bitter about losing in arbitration in 2004. That, along with the injury riddled two seasons following '04 and the link to PED's forever tarnished his legacy. Still, it is with some sadness that we see him go. Guess my "Game Over" shirt will be part of my yard work uniform.

Gagne...Career Over!

Why is Eric "Mr. Mitchell Report, HGH & Steroid cheat, washed-up with no juice pitcher" Gagne allowed in MLB at all? Absolute disgrace that he was signed by the Dodgers!!

Gagne stole a spot from an honest athlete and was a fraud on his best day.

Oh, I wanted this to work out......As a guy that didn't rely totally on a fastball I thought that he might be able to display a little of the old magic and fill a late inning set up role. At 34, it is too early to have your talent disappear. I didn't see him pitch at all during the spring but he must have had trouble locating the off speed stuff.

He never had ``talent'' or ``old magic.'' He was nothing more than a borderline MLB player before, and after, he started taking PEDs. I wish the guy well, but that's just reality.

I wouldn't be suprised if the dodgers signed him again.....lol and other washed-up veteran players

It was fun while it lasted....maybe the Twins would like to pick him up!

Not to be unbearably pedantic, but.....could someone PLEASE get rid of the apostrophe in "it's" in the first paragraph above? It breaks my heart to see basic grammatical errors in the LA Times.

eeebayou:

Why is Manny "Mr. Mitchell Report, HGH & Steroid cheat, washed-up with no power hitter" Ramirez allowed in MLB at all? Absolute disgrace that he is signed to the Dodgers!!

Ramirez is stealing a spot from an honest athlete and is a fraud on his best day.

Even i could have had 80 saves if i was juicing...bye eric!!

That looks like it for Gagne' and the Dodgers.

Lizard OC: Thanks for the catch, consider it done.

To bad we paid him 20 million dollars the last two years of his Dodger career when he did absolutely nothing in that same period. Steriods taints another career that otherwise would have been glossy.

It does my heart good to see dodger fans who aren't afraid to call a spade a spade here ...

Posted by: Brad, > Even I could have had 80 saves if i was juicing...bye eric!!!

Posted by: Reality > Why is Manny "Mr. Mitchell Report, HGH & Steroid cheat, washed-up with no power hitter" Ramirez allowed in MLB at all? Absolute disgrace that he is signed to the Dodgers!!
Ramirez is stealing a spot from an honest athlete and is a fraud on his best day.

of all the dodger boards out there (and there are dozens), you guys here understand the essential truth behind the words 'These Dodgers Suck'. (at least until McCourt leaves town)


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