Former MLB All-Star Pitcher
Career Highlights: Eric Gagne won the 2003 Cy Young Award as a closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first relief pitcher to win that honor. Converted from a starter to a closer, Gagne thrived in the role as he was the best closer in the game from 2002 to 2004, setting a major league record with 84 consecutive save opportunities. In 2002, he posted 52 saves, and the next year was called on 55 times to save a game, converting them all en route to becoming both the first pitcher to record 50 saves in more than one season and the fastest pitcher to reach the 100-save plateau. A three-time All-Star, Gagne also won the 2003 and 2004 NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award. Prior to 2007 (where Gagne went on to play for Texas and Boston), he had converted 161 out of 168 save opportunities for a conversion rate of 96.6 percent, the highest in MLB history for a pitcher with at least 100 saves. Gagne won a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2007.