Zach Britton Could Have a Real Cy Young Case

“Does Zach Britton have a shot at the Cy Young this year?” It’s a question I didn’t take seriously at first. It’s only happened once in the last 20 years, and Eric Gagne’s 2003 season is perhaps the greatest season in the history of the modern closer. It comes complete with major league records — 55 consecutive single-season saves and 63 consecutive saves spanning multiple...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

FenwayNation Announces New Gagne 'Let-Down' Award

FenwayNation is today announcing a new award to be given out each year to the most disappointing member of the Red Sox. (What—like this isn't an award perfectly suited for our fan base?) Named for one of most disappointing Sox of all time (Eric Gagne) the 'naming rights' could have gone to several others (Mike Lansing, Jose Offerman, Larry Andersen, John Wasdin, Carl Crawford—just...
Via FenwayNation
20 days ago

Eric Gagne says Kenley Jansen is 'best closer in Dodger history'

LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen went into the bullpen kicking and screaming and contemplating retirement. Eric Gagne went into the bullpen jumping for joy. They ultimately wound up sharing the record for most career saves in Dodgers history until...
Via The OC Register
June 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Gagne passes torch to Jansen in ceremony

Kenley Jansen has 162 saves for the Dodgers. Eric Gagne had 161. Bullpen catcher Rob Flippo warmed them up for all 323.
June 21, 2016

5th-round pick Shelby always been around game

Eric Gagne was the hitter, JaVon Shelby recalled. The Dodgers pitcher was taking batting practice, and a young Shelby, though swallowed by a big league outfield, finally found himself camped under a ball, perfectly so.
June 10, 2016

No Whammies! Week 8: The Return Of The King Of SAGNOF

I live in La La land, aka Hollywood, aka the Land of a Fake Faces...and Butts...and Thighs...and Breasteses. Hey, I don't mind. I'm all for "self-improvement." I liken it to the PED era of MLB. Pitchers were throwing 100 mph and batters were launching home runs 500 feet. As a Dodger fan, I will always remember the electricity when Eric Gagne would come in to close games. It was a...
Via Razzball
May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox OF David Murphy Retires At Age 34

(AP  Photo)He will always be remembered as the guy we traded for the infamous Eric Gagne. David Murphy retired from baseball yesterday at the age of 34. He had signed a minor-league deal with the Twinkies, but was languishing in AAA, and decided to cut the cord. The 6'3", 210-pound Murphy was initially drafted by the Angels in 2000, but did not sign. Three years later, he was taken...
Via FenwayNation
April 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Twinkies Sign Ex-Red Sox OF Murphy To Minors Deal

(Getty Images)Apparently, all those Forth Myers at-bats were useful to David Murphy. His Spring Training exposure to the cross-town rival Twins paid off, as the 34-year old has signed a minor league deal with Minnesota. The ex-Red Sox outfielder will be assigned to AAA Rochester. Murphy was drafted by The Carmine Hose in 2003 and then traded to the Rangers for the immortal Eric Gagne...
Via FenwayNation
April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Eric Gagne and His 84 Consecutive Save Streak

The closer of any major league baseball team is expected to come into a game with a small lead, and shut down their opponents for an inning or two. Most commonly a closer possesses an explosive fastball, along with a sharp breaking ball or devastating changeup. Every closer has to have that great secondary pitch […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 24, 2016  |  Discuss

A Return to Sanity: Reliever Prices Dropping

Being a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball is one of the most volatile jobs in all of professional sports. There is no other position where the average player can go from greatest ever (Eric Gagne from 2002 through 2004) to really expensive minor leaguer (Gagne from 2005 through 2009) in such a quick time. While not everyone experiences the highs of Gagne, there are many more...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

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