Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Éric Gagné is one of the most memorable pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball, compiling a 3.46 career ERA with 718 saves and 118 strikeouts in 10 seasons with the Dodgers.
Gagné, known for his eccentric style, goggles, and flair for the dramatic, finished 59th all-time in career saves, but the numbers belie his Hall-of-Fame caliber ability to shut the door on opposing hitters in the eighth and ninth innings of a baseball game.
Recently, Gagné joined YouTuber and baseball aficionado Eric Sim, also known as the ‘King of Juco,’ to show the world that he can still throw pure, unmitigated heat with the best of them.
Gagné didn’t quite reach his Major League average on the radar gun, but he did show that he could still be an imposing force some time in the future if he were to pick up a baseball and make a run at a comeback some day.
The video of Gagné throwing was uploaded to Sims’ Instagram page, which has over 111,000 subscribers currently.
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Gagné was a three-time MLB All-Star and CY Young Award winner.
His career is controversial over his admission that he took HGH to stimulate the repair of his injured knee.
Gagné made the admission after the release of the Mitchell Report, which detailed steroid use in Major League Baseball.
He received two votes for the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in 2014, finishing 26th overall in the voting.
Gagné’s highlights, and the character he created during eight seasons with the Dodgers and ten MLB seasons in total, will live on forever.
He even set a record with 84 consecutive saves that still stands today, as shown in the video below.
Do you remember these days?