Former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne says he used HGH while playing and that a number of his teammates on the Dodgers did as well. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne says that 80 percent of his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates used performance enhancing drugs when he played for the team, Gagne alleges in a new book, reports ESPN.com.
"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived. I would say that 80 percent of the Dodgers players were consuming them," Gagne says in the book "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne."
Gagne admits using human growth hormone over a three-year period toward the end of his career. He does not name any players in the book. Players are now tested for HGH during spring training and in the offseason, but not during the season.
"It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career," Gagne said in the book, which is written in French.
Gagne, who set a major league record by converting 84 consecutive save chances, won the 2003 Cy Young Award. In that season, Gagne converted all 67 of his save opportunities.