Eric Gagne is a 25-year-old pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. After three rather unspectacular years as a starting pitcher with the Dodgers, the Montreal native was converted to a closer prior to this past season.

The results were beyond anyone’s expectations: His 52 saves were the second-highest total in the majors this year (behind only John Smoltz’s 55) and the fifth highest ever. He also shattered the Dodgers’ single-season mark of 44 set by Todd Worrell in 1996 and posted a miniscule ERA of 1.97. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 114 in 82 innings and Gagne worked one inning at the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.

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