In a new biography, the relief pitcher who starred for the Dodgers early last decade says again that he used performance-enhancing drugs — and this time he alleges that so did most of his Los Angeles teammates. Gagne has previously acknowledged that he used human growth hormone toward the end of his career. "It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career," the Canadian Gagne says in his French-language book, Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," according to ESPN LA's Mark Saxon.
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.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, are now 4½ games out of the last playoff berth with eight games to play — which is a nice way of saying they probably are not going to the post-season this year.
The Angels, meanwhile, may not make it either, but their chances are better. They trail the teams ahead of them in the wild-card race by just two games. A hot streak by Anaheim, and a few extra losses by Oakland or Baltimore, and the Angels could be in.