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Gagne claims 80 percent of his Dodger teammates used performance-enhancing drugs

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Eric Gagne, who won the National League Cy Young Award in 2003, claims in his new biography that about 80 percent of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates used performance-enhancing drugs when he was playing, ESPNLosAngeles reported Tuesday.

Gagne says in the book that he used human growth hormone over five cycles during a three-year period at 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," Gagne says in the French-language book, titled, "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne."

Gagne set a major league record by converting 84 consecutive save chances, and he converted all 55 of his save opportunities while posting a 1.20 ERA in 2003.

He had elbow surgery in 2005 and signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers before the 2006 season. Gagne signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in 2010, but was released during spring training. He hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2008.

Gagne first admitted publicly to using HGH in 2010.

In his book, Gagne does not the name players he says used PEDs.

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the Dodgers players were consuming them," Gagne says in the book.
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