Eric Gagne’s comeback faced long odds. He’s decided to foregone the climb.
The 41-year-old Gagne, a former All-Star and Cy Young winner in L.A., pitched for Team Canada in the WBC. He coached with the Dodgers in spring training, and apparently wants to further pursue those opportunities.
Eric Gagne confirms to me that he is ending his comeback attempt after rough 3.2 innings with LI Ducks. Will turn focus to coaching.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) May 21, 2017
Those 3.2 innings were especially trying, as Bill Shaikin notes.
0-2 with a 12.27 ERA: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 4 BB, 5 K. https://t.co/l3cx2u3n8A
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 21, 2017
Gagne hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2008. The Dodgers reportedly considered a minor league deal with him in April, though nothing materialized. Gagne decided to pitch in the Independent League, and that was enough to halt his comeback efforts.
Given Gagne’s ties to the Dodgers, and his recent work with the organization, it wouldn’t be surprising if his coaching opportunity comes in Los Angeles.