September 13, 2003
If the Dodgers don't win the National League wild-card berth, Jim Tracy must go. Wednesday night's game against Arizona was the clincher. Let's see: You want to bring in Paul Quantrill but you know Diamondback Manager Bob Brenly will counter with Steve Finley, who is seven for nine against Quantrill. So that seems like a really stupid option. You can stay with Tom Martin against Robby Hammock, which seems risky but probably not fatal. Then you have the best pitcher in baseball warming up in the bullpen to pitch against anyone who feels like getting embarrassed.
April 23, 2002 |
Amid all the harping on competitive and revenue disparity, Commissioner Bud Selig would call it an aberration. Put it this way: If the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates lead their divisions, as they do, it's a clear indication of the danger in early judging of 2002's races and teams. The next three weeks may provide greater clarity--or greater confusion. In the cases of the Angels and Dodgers, however, there has been enough evidence in the first three weeks to suggest that the alleged experts--here I go, writing about myself again--misread their Tarot cards.
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November 1, 1997 |
Randy Gagne, an internationally known stunt pilot, aerobatic competitor and instructor was killed Sunday when his plane crashed south of California 126 near Piru, said family spokesman Lamar Jackson. He was 42. At the time of his death, Gagne was the president and chief pilot for Attitude Adjusters Aerobatic Center at Van Nuys Airport. Born June 23, 1955, in Lewiston, Maine, Gagne's interest in flying was apparent early, according to his family.
September 30, 2004 |
Closer Eric Gagne, who had experienced stiffness in the shoulder of his throwing arm Tuesday, was diagnosed with tendinitis and bursitis Wednesday. The right-hander, winner of the National League Cy Young Award in 2003, is not expected to be out more than a few days. After an MRI exam Wednesday revealed no structural damage, Gagne was given a cortisone injection. "He could be out three to four days," said trainer Stan Johnston, who also said Gagne could be available as early as today.
July 27, 2000 |
Eric Gagne sees the handwriting on the wall. Although the Dodgers have not announced who will be bumped from the rotation to make room for Ismael Valdes, Gagne figures he's the top candidate. The rookie right-hander is experiencing growing pains, and a pennant race isn't the time for development. The Dodgers believe Gagne has a bright future, but he's 1-6 with a 5.59 earned-run average. He will start today against the Colorado Rockies in the final game of a four-game series, and then, who knows?
August 7, 2007 |
Eric Gagne was at Angel Stadium Monday, admitting that as the trade deadline neared, he allowed himself to wonder what it would be like to call the stadium 30 miles north home again. He had read the rumors and knew the Dodgers needed pitching. "It would've been great," Gagne said. "I had a great time over there, 12 great years. It was a lot of fun, but now it's behind us."