The Ottawa Champions have agreed to sign former MLB All-Star and National League Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne.
The Mascouche, QC native will start the final game of the season on Monday, September 5th against the Quebec Capitales, presented by B45 Baseball.
“We’re excited to have Eric and honoured that he’s chosen to pitch for us on the final day of the season,” says Champions owner Miles Wolff. “He’s a fantastic ambassador for the game in Canada and we know the fans will enjoy watching him.”
The 40-year-old Gagne was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1995 and made his debut with the team in 1999. He went on to become one of the most dominant closers in baseball, appearing in three All Star Games, winning the 2003 NL Cy Young Award, and at one point converting 84 consecutive save opportunities, an MLB record.
“I have been getting ready to pitch for three months and I'm really excited,” says Gagne. “I hope that it helps promote baseball and the Can-Am League in a city where they have a new team and have had a great season. It's a great way to show appreciation to the fans that came out in Ottawa all summer.”
Source: Ottawa Champions