Former Dodgers reliever Eric Gagn has co-authored an autobiography, in French, with Radio-Canada Sports columnist Martin LeClerc. Beyond its cover and one juicy allegation, little is known about the book itself, but reports are starting to trickle in from various outlets who were leaked preliminary details.
Gagn, who pitched for the Dodgers from 1999-2006, writes that he used HGH over five cycles in a three-year period 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,” he writes, as quoted by multiple outlets. “I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the Dodgers players were consuming them [performance-enhancing drugs].”
Gagn first publicly admitted to using human growth hormone in 2010, three years after being identified as an offender in the Mitchell Report. Several of Gagn’s teammates were listed in the Mitchell Report: Kevin Brown, Matt Herges, Todd Hundley, Paul Lo Duca, F.P. Santangelo and Ismael Valdez. So his revelation isn’t entirely revealing. According to multiple outlets, Gagn doesn’t identify other PED users by name in the book.
Herges, currently a minor-league pitching coach in the Dodgers’ organization, has already admitted to using HGH.
Gagn was scheduled to participate in a book signing this morning in Montreal. According to one report, an English translation is in the works.
Gagne retired after a failed comeback attempt with the Dodgers in 2010. He holds the MLB record for most consecutive saves with 84, including 55 attempts during his 2003 Cy Young campaign.