Found September 26, 2012 on NESN.com:
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TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
In 2003, Dodgers closer Eric Gange became just the ninth pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball to win the Cy Young award, posting one of the most dominant seasons out of the bullpen in the modern era and adding to his record of 84 consecutive saves converted. Of course, Gagne later showed up in the Mitchell Report, and just recently announced his French-language autobiography, in which he expresses his belief that 80 percent of his Dodgers teammates were using performance-enhancing drugs, as well. That's an unfortunate way to look at what could have been viewed as one of...
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