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 impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic, the 41-year-old right-hander has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.

According to the New York Daily News, “You could feel the sense of disappointment in the (Port St. Lucie) crowd, no matter how early it may be on the baseball calendar.”

A scout told the Daily News, “I was surprised his fastball didn’t have a little more life.”

In a separate piece in the newspaper, scouts said that it looked like Harvey was “throwing across his body, dragging down his arm speed on his fastball.”

While Harvey said he was satisfied with his 39-pitch outing and Best Cheap Jerseys From China that he is dealing with a stiff neck, he tempered expectations he has for himself, saying after the game, “Honestly, I don’t have any. I just want to make every start.”

Upon his return from Tommy John surgery two years ago, Harvey’s first pitched clocked in at 99 mph.

But it’s early March and way too early for Mets fans to freak out. Harvey has plenty of time to get stronger before the regular season starts.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “As long as he felt good about it, we’re on the right track.”

Capitals vs. Penguins 2017 live stream: Game time, TV schedule, and how to watch NHL playoffs online


The Washington Capitals may not actually have their backs against the wall. But they’ll probably enter Game 3 feeling like it.

Washington heads to the Steel City on Monday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pittsburgh Penguins are fresh off a 6-2 rout in Game 2 on Saturday that gave them a 2-0 series lead.

The loss was a demoralizing one for the Capitals. Elite goalie Braden Holtby got pulled for backup Philipp Grubauer after his worst start of the playoffs. Holtby is 4-4-0 with an unimpressive .911 save percentage in seven playoff starts this season. Prized players like Kevin Shattenkirk also had terrible performances. The Capitals held a closed-door meeting after Game 2.

They’ll need to figure out how to stop Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel and their Paypal Cheap Jerseys forward cohorts. Kessel scored twice in Game 2, and Crosby has four points in the first two games of the series.

Launch angles or exit velocity, probably. I don’t even know how to analyze Best Cheap Jerseys From China this stupid sport anymore. It’s passed me by.

Except this explanation might be a little more simple: Sometimes young players learn the game better as they gain more experience. I jumped the gun last year with this headline …