Eric Gagne, out of majors since 2008, gets serious about comeback attempt

Eric Gagne hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Sept. 25, 2008, but the former National League Cy Young winner wants to make a comeback.Fresh off a surprisingly impre sive showing in the World Baseball Cla sic, the 41-year-old right-hander has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.Gagne hasn’t joined the Ducks just for fun, either. The team’s news release on the signing makes it clear he is there to audition for major league employment.Eric is similar to so many former major league players that utilize the Atlantic League as a showcase to be seen by all 30 big league clubs, Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff said in a statement. The Ducks are pleased to offer him this opportunity.The interest apparently is mutual, as Gagne’s agent Scott Leventhal told SB Nation „multiple clubs will be watching closely.“Gagne spent the first eight of his 10 major league seasons with the Dodgers, making the All-Star team three times. He led the majors with 55 saves in 2003 while striking out a staggering 137 batters in 82 1/3 innings.He Carlos Rodon Jersey has pitched occasionally in his native Canada since the end of his MLB stint in 2008 but got serious about a comeback attempt earlier this spring. He opened some eyes with a 2 1/3-inning appearance against Colombia in which he averaged 93 mph on his fastball.Now MLB teams will get a chance to see how he fares in a more extended audition.