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"80%" of the Dodgers Were on Drugs

Former pitcher and HGH-user Eric Gagne says that previous estimates of MLB drug use were short of the mark.

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By Adam K. Raymond

09/26/12

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In 2003 Eric Gagne was the most dominate pitcher in baseball. In 82 innings that year, the Dodgers' corpulent closer struck out 137 batters while giving up just 11 earned runs. Statistically, Gagne was more than human. That's partially because he was on human growth hormone, as he admitted several years ago. But as Gagne reveals in a his new book, Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne, he was in good company in the Dodger clubhouse. "I would say that 80% of the Dodgers players were consuming them," Gagne writes in the book. That's a much higher percentage of juiced-up players than others have proposed. There's also reason to believe that the Dodgers were using less than other teams: after all, they haven't made it to the World Series since 1988.

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