27. Eric Gagne
Nothing more than an average reliever for the first two years of his MLB career, Gagne transformed into one of the most dominant pitchers of all-time as he entered his mid-20’s. From 2002-04, the Canadian flamethrower posted a 1.79 ERA with 365 strikeouts in just 247.0 innings for the Dodgers — earning 152 saves and a Cy Young in the process. At one time, Gagne converted an MLB-record 84 consecutive save opportunities.
Unfortunately, Gagne’s dominance was short-lived. Injuries ravaged his once-promising career and the closer was out of baseball by 2008. Gagne attempted a comeback with the Dodgers in 2010, but retired after an unsuccessful Spring Training. However, Gagne had one last comeback attempt in him. In 2017, at the age of 41, Gagne pitched for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and eventually signed with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. Alas, Gagne once again called it quits a few months later. Today, the Cy Young winner is the bullpen coach for the Nashville Sounds — the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate.
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