Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers Release Veteran Eric Gagne

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during media photo day on February 27, 2010 at the Ballpark at Camelback Ranch, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Jason KimCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2010

Veteran reliever Eric Gagne was released today.

Gagne was invited to the Dodgers Spring Training, getting another shot at ML level. He pitched last year in the Can-Am league, but hoped for good outings this spring to make the big league club again. 

It didn't happen.

After the Dodgers sent him to minor-league camp, Gagne asked the organization for his release.

Dodgers approve.

Gagne released.

If this happened with any other reliever, it probably wound not have been a big deal. This time though, it is because of the fact that Gagne was maybe LA's best closer of all-time until....... his name was mentioned in the Mitchell Report in 2007.

Dodgers fans hoped for the old Gagne or at least a quality arm out of him. They expected him to make a comeback. People were saying, "it's not game over yet."

The world of baseball doesn't have fairy-tale endings, as Eric Gagne, maybe the most impressive closer of all-time, was released.

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