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Eric Gagne Retires

Eric Gagne has retired, reports Martin Leclerc of Rue Frontenac (English translation here).  Gagne explained that he feels great physically, but has lost the desire to pitch.  The 34-year-old was released by the Dodgers a month ago.

Gagne's run of dominant closing for the Dodgers resulted in a 1.79 ERA, 13.3 K/9, and 152 saves over 2002-04, spanning 247 innings.  Each of those years, he made the All-Star team and received Cy Young and MVP votes.  He won the Cy Young in '03, saving 55 games with a 1.20 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 82.3 innings.  Gagne earned about $40MM in his career, according to Baseball-Reference.

The blemish: Gagne appeared in the Mitchell Report for using human growth hormone in 2004.  He later explained to T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times that he thought it'd help with a knee injury.

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