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The All-Star Game isn't the only game in town. Forget voting for the best players of the first half of this season; we're looking for the best of 20 seasons of baseball on ESPN.
We asked you to help us narrow down the field for the best players and managers during 20 years of baseball on ESPN. The first round of voting is complete, and we've got the three finalists you selected at each position. Now it's time to pick the winners.
For this week's edition, three of the finest left-handed pitchers square off. The winner will be announced July 12 on Sunday Night Baseball (St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN). On July 13, you'll have a chance to vote on a closer to join the team. The final team will be announced Sept. 20 on Sunday Night Baseball.
Without further ado, the three left-handed pitcher finalists you selected.
Tom Glavine: This Atlanta Braves legend has been selected for the All-Star team 10 times and has won two Cy Young awards in his career. He led the National League in wins for five seasons and won a World Series title in 1995, along with the MVP award. He is also a member of the very exclusive 300 wins club.
Randy Johnson: The Big Unit is a 10-time All-Star selection and five-time Cy Young Award winner. He is second all time in strikeouts (behind Nolan Ryan) and is the 24th pitcher in MLB history to win 300 games. He became a World Series winner in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and has pitched a no-hitter and a perfect game.
Johan Santana: This three-time All-Star was the unanimous selection for the AL Cy Young Award in 2004 and 2006. He is one of the few Triple Crown winners in MLB history, by leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA in 2006. He won a Gold Glove in 2007 and led the NL in ERA last season while playing for his current team, the New York Mets.
SportsNation is pretty definitive that a lot of players with big numbers won't be making induction speeches in Cooperstown. But as more and more names are crossed off the list due to performance-enhancing drugs, will the plaque-making industry go under entirely?
It appears fans tired of disappointment are turning to Ken Griffey Jr. as a beacon of legitimacy. Among the four active players who either have 500 career home runs or are within striking distance, Griffey is the only player with anything close to unanimous support for the Hall of Fame.
SportsNation's Hall of Fame Approval Ratings
Ken Griffey Jr.: 97 percent
Jim Thome: 64 percent
Gary Sheffield: 50 percent
Carlos Delgado: 50 percent (if he reaches 500 home runs)
And what about Ivan Rodriguez, who Wednesday night set a record for career games caught? A guy with double-digit totals in Gold Gloves and All-Star appearances, Pudge has the support of a healthy -- but far from unanimous -- 67 percent of SportsNation.
if Pudge is the greatest catcher of all time I guess we have to say Bonds and Clemens are the gretest at their positions.” -- fmc132
Pudge is not only the greatest Pudge of all time, but the greatest catcher of all time as well. The fact that there are no substantial accusations, or even anecdotal evidence, linking him to steroids makes him all the more impressive. Congrats, Pudge Rodriguez, on a great achievement.” -- LL316