Adrian Beltre: Eric Gagne should have named names in PED accusation

Eric Gagne recently wrote an autobiography, and on Wednesday we found out that it contains at least one bombshell piece of information. In the book, “Game Over: The Story of Gagne,” the former closer calls most of his former Dodgers teammates cheaters by estimating that a whopping 80 percent of them used human growth hormone.

One of his former teammates, Adrian Beltre, wishes Gagne had been more specific.

“He should have named names,” Beltre said Thursday according to the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t know what you want me to tell you … For him to say something like that, he should have come out with names instead of a percentage.”

Beltre and Gagne were teammates from 1999-2004. The 2004 season was by far Beltre’s most productive offensively. He hit 48 homers and drove in 121 runs that season. He has belted 35 homers this year — the second-highest total of his career — and has never driven in more than 105 runs in a season aside from 2004.

Based on the numbers Beltre had when he played with Gagne, he would probably be a lock for the 80 percent who used performance-enhancing drugs for people who believe Gagne’s theory. If he truly did not use steroids during those seasons, you can understand why Beltre would be upset that Gagne didn’t name names. Unless you think Gagne is full of it, Beltre 2004 numbers make him a prime suspect.

Eric Gagne says 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates used PEDs

Eric Gagne details his use of HGH in his new biography and estimates that 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs, ESPN LA reports.

Gagne, who was an All-Star closer with the Dodgers from 2002-2004 and won the 2003 Cy Young Award, says in his new biography “Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne,” that he did five cycles of HGH over a three-year period.

“It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career,” Gagne reportedly says of his HGH use.

Gagne first admitted his HGH use in a 2010 interview with the LA Times. He said at the time, “I hate to talk about it. It just doesn’t do anyone any good. But I thought it would help me get better when I hurt my knee. I just don’t want that to sound as an excuse.

“I’m so ashamed. It wasn’t smart. If I knew what I know now. . . . I didn’t need it. I regret it so much, just now maybe getting over the guilt. It was stupid.”

Gagne says he began using HGH to help heal from a knee injury. As far as his statement that his HGH use ruined his health, we know he had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and back problems later in his career.

Perhaps the most significant revelation in the book is Gagne’s estimation that 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Eric Gagme Ready to Close Again

Well, that was quick. After saying he didn’t deserve the closer role following Saturday’s loss, the Brewers showed they agreed by yanking Eric Gagme as closer. Gagme said he didn’t need a mental break like Jason Isringhausen from the Cardinals, but he got one anyway. I guess two days of watching his teammates get saves makes Gagme remember how easy it is and now he wants to get back in the saddle:

“I want to go out there as soon as I can … that’s the way I am. That’s what I know. I know how to close. That’s the only thing I know how to do.”

“I wanted to go out there yesterday in a save situation — that’s how bad it is,” Gagne said. “As much as you hate it, you can only hate what you love, I think. And that’s exactly what I went (through) yesterday. I just went out there and I was sitting on the bench and I was getting anxious. I wanted to get the ball.”

Well I’m sure Jeff Weaver would like to be back in the bigs, Aaron Boone would like to be starting, and Rich Harden would like to stay off the DL. But none of that is in the cards, you know what I mean? At some point Gagme you’re just hurting the team and your wants become secondary to the team’s needs, and you’re well past that point. You’ve blown six saves and your team’s lost half of those games. Your replacements have saved consecutive ballgames putting your team at .500. The objective is to win games. Your team is four games out of first. Do the math. Flush that $10 million down the toilet, Milwaukee, and just win games.

Doug Melvin Has Deathwish: Sticking with Eric Gagme

When this subject was first broached in an email by JS, I tried to give Gagne the benefit of the doubt: he had been pitching for the fourth straight day when he blew a save to the Reds, his third of the year. One was a start, two was a trend … but five? Five and we just started May? Maybe it is too early to give up on him if you’re the Brewers and paid what, like $10 million for the season? But this guy is straight killing them. Eric Gagne has blown five saves now in only 14 chances. It’s been about a month since he’s had a 1-2-3 save. His WHIP is 1.70 and hitters are batting nearly .400 against him. That’s just awful. So honestly, what do you do if you’re Milwaukee? I guess your only options are to stick with him, demote him, or cut him.

If I were the Brewers, maybe I would baby Gagne, give him the Joba rules. I wouldn’t let him pitch on back-to-back nights, only let him close like half the games. That way you still get some effectiveness from him hopefully. At the least, he won’t be able to screw up two games in a row for the team. Milwaukee’s gone through with this recently with Turnbow and they stuck with him for quite some time before making a change. I think they certainly have shown that they’ll have patience. What options do they really have anyhow? Going closer by committee’s probably the best thing. If they want to compete this year, they’ll have to deal for another closer like they did with Francisco Cordero two years ago. Gagne just isn’t cutting it.

Paul Lo Duca and Eric Gagne Issue Weak, Non-Apologies for Using HGH/Steroids

Honestly guys, we read the Mitchell Report, you guys are fessing up, we know you did steroids and/or HGH, and in the case of Lo Duca, served as a middleman in distributing the products. Why can’t you just come out and apologize for cheating the game by using performance-enhancers? How hard is that? In case you missed it, newly signed Nationals catcher Paul Lo Duca issued an “apology” Sunday for making a mistake in his career. It was vague and unspecific, much like when Jason Giambi apologized a few years ago without saying for what he was apologizing. When asked by a reporter for what he was apologizing, Lo Duca said, “Come on, bro. Next question.”

On a similar note, Lo Duca’s best friend from his Dodger days, Eric Gagne, apologized Monday for being a distraction to the Brewers. Just last week, we had Matt Herges and Glenallen Hill apologize specifically for using performance-enhancing drugs. Yes they cheated the game, but now they’re forgiven. As soon as he was named in the report, Brian Roberts fessed up and apologized for using steroids. He said he only used them once (which is certainly questionable), but now he’s forgiven because he admitted it.

There are many players who were implicated in the Mitchell Report and so far Clemens is the only one we know of who’s refuting the charges. Mostly everyone else has admitted and apologized for their wrongdoings. We are such a forgiving country and all about second chances. It’s just a shame that Lo Duca and Gagne don’t see or realize that, because they can easily be forgiven by fans for juicing. Instead, they appear to me as players who cheated the game and are too cowardly to straight up admit their wrongdoings. That’s just sad.

Eric Gagne: Tipping Pitches, or Lame Excuse?

As I posted at FanHouse, the Red Sox think they have gotten to the bottom of Eric Gagne’s recent struggles. They say he was tipping his pitches, and that the problem has been corrected.

We’ve reviewed film very extensively and we felt like there were some things he might be doing which would indicate the pitch he was throwing,” said Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell. “To alleviate that we made some subtle adjustments.”

What the Red Sox reliever was doing was holding his glove down by his waist before his delivery and then grabbing for the ball in a different manner, depending on the pitch. For a fastball he was coming in more from the side, for a breaking ball from the top.

Here’s my issue: when pitchers struggle, why do one of two things always follow? Either one, they go on the DL with a mysterious “injury” (most often a bruised ego), or two, everyone says they’re tipping pitches. How about this one for a change: the pitcher just sucks! Is that a possibility? Why can’t we ever check C on the multiple choice test? Maybe Gagne ran out of steam. Maybe he was nervous. Maybe he lost some zip on the fastball. Why is it always that the pitcher is hurt, or tipping pitches? I’m not so sure if I buy it. I’m calling bullcrap.