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.
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.