The winningest pitcher of the 1980s is perhaps best known for his gutsy performance in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when he hurled 10 shutout innings to help Minnesota eke out a 1-0 victory over Atlanta. Runner-up: Tom Glavine Worthy of consideration: Lee Smith (Cardinals) and Jesse Orosco
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A highlight reel in center field during his 13 big-league years, Hunter has robbed countless opponents of would-be home runs with his preternatural defensive instincts. Runner-up: Travis Hafner Worthy of consideration: Ralph Garr, Waite Hoyt, Sam McDowell, Rick Reuschel and Vern Ruhle
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His 1978 season: 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA, 16 complete games and nine shutouts. Runner-Up: Larry Dierker Worthy of consideration: Charlie Hough and Tim Wakefield
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Lawton posted career highs with a .305 average, 88 RBIs and a .406 on-base percentage during the 2000 season with the Twins, making the first of his two All-Star appearances. After a seven-year stint in Minnesota, he bounced around with six teams over the next six seasons before retiring in 2006. Runner-up: Sid Fernandez Worthy of consideration: Benny Agbayani
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Suzuki moved to the U.S. after a nine-year stint with the Orix Blue Wave of the Japanese Pacific League, joining the Mariners and becoming the first position player from Japan in major league history. He won his second AL batting title in 2004 when he hit .372. His 262 hits that season broke George Sisler's long-standing single-season record of 257. He earns it by just a shade over Randy Johnson. Runner-up: Randy Johnson Worthy of consideration: Trevor Hoffman and Bernie Williams
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A three-time All-Star with the Indians, Sabathia enjoyed a coming-out party during the 2007 season with a 19-7 record, 209 strikeouts and a 3.21 ERA. The 27-year-old won his first Cy Young award while becoming the youngest player to win 100 games since Greg Maddux in 1993. He signed with the Yankees before the 2009 season. Runner-up: Mike Boddicker Worthy of consideration: B.J. Ryan
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If Koufax didn't get you, this guy would. Drysdale completed 167 of his 465 starts. Runner-up: Bobby Abreu Worthy of consideration: Arthur Rhodes (Orioles)
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Gossage made the All-Star team eight times as a relief pitcher and once as a starter, and earned his overdue election to the Hall of Fame in 2008. Known for his ability to deliver in pressure-packed situations, Gossage recorded the final out to clinch a division, league or World Series title seven times. Runner-up: Brad Lidge Worthy of consideration: Joel Zumaya
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Hershiser's transcendent performance during the 1988 season represented the zenith of his 17-year career with the Dodgers, Indians, Giants and Mets. The right-hander led the NL in wins (23), innings (267), and complete games (15), and finished the season with 59 consecutive shutout innings to break Don Drysdale's long-standing mark. He led the Dodgers to a five-game upset of the favored A's in the World Series, winning SI Sportsman of the Year honors a couple of months later. Runner-up: Hideki Matsui Worthy of consideration: Fausto Carmona
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During the 2005 season, the workhorse left-hander helped the White Sox to the franchise's first World Series victory since 1917. A four-time All-Star, Buehrle twice led the American League in innings pitched and threw a perfect game on July 23, 2009. Runner-up: Jim Bouton (Yankees) Worthy of consideration: Jarrod Washburn
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Rodriguez enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom during the latter stages of the 2002 season with the Angels. After joining the club in mid-September thanks to a rash of injuries in the bullpen, ''K-Rod'' won five games during the playoffs -- including an 11-10 victory in Game 2 of the World Series -- despite never having won a regular-season decision in the majors. He signed with the Mets after the 2008 season. Runner-up: Johan Santana Worthy of consideration: Darryl Kile and John Wetteland (Expos)
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After converting 37 of his 40 save opportunities in 2007, Papelbon became the first closer in Red Sox history to post multiple seasons with 30 saves. The 28-year-old punctuated a strong postseason with an emphatic strikeout of Colorado pinch hitter Seth Smith for the final out of the 2007 World Series.
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Through 10 stints with eight teams during 16 major league seasons, Jones carved out a prolific career as a middle reliever and part-time closer. Despite making just one All-Star team -- Jones paced the AL with 42 saves in 2000 -- the right-hander collected 319 saves in his career. Runner-up: Ismael Valdez (Dodgers) Worthy of consideration: Derrick Turnbow and Kelly Wunsch
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Since helping the Angels to their first World Series title as a fourth-year reliever in 2002, Schoeneweis has done tours with the White Sox, Blue Jays, Reds, Mets and Diamondbacks. Runner-up: Manny Corpas
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The fireballer won a pair of World Series with the Marlins (2003) and Red Sox (2007), amassing a formidable 1.73 ERA in the postseason. During a 2006 interleague game against the Phillies, Beckett became the first Red Sox pitcher in 35 years to hit a home run. Runner-up: Bronson Arroyo Worthy of consideration: Livan Hernandez and Chan Ho Park
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The right-hander was a bullpen staple in Anaheim, capable of handling duties as a spot starter, closer, set-up man, middle or long reliever. Runner-up: Bob Howry (White Sox, Cubs)
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A converted shortstop, the Venezuelan native with the unorthodox delivery has emerged as one of Cleveland's most valuable relief pitchers during a seven-year career with the Tribe. Runner-up: Kevin Gregg
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Linebrink ranked among the elite set-up men in baseball during his peak with the Padres in the mid-2000s. The right-hander has amassed a 34-22 record with 452 strikeouts during an 11-year career with five major league clubs.
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Fisk reversed his jersey number when he came to the White Sox via trade in 1981. (His No. 27 was retired by the Red Sox in 2000.) He owns the record for most games caught (2,226).
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He had 237 career saves (30th best all-time) over 11 major league seasons for six teams, including a pair of All-Star selections (1998, 2002). Urbina was part of the Marlins team that won a World Series in 2003. In 2007 he was sentenced to 14 years in prison in his native Venezuela for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch.
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Known for his idiosyncratic behavior off the diamond, Zito posted a 23-5 record during the 2002 season to edge Pedro Martinez in balloting for the Cy Young award. He signed a seven-year contract with the San Francisco Giants in December 2006 and in 2011 helped them to their second World Series title since the team moved west in 1958.
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Wearing No. 88 for the Orioles in 1999 and 2000, Belle hit 60 homers and drove in 220 RBIs over two seasons. During his 12 seasons in the majors, Belle hit 381 homers and had a .564 slugging percentage, which ranks 17th all-time.
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The pitcher wore No. 96 for three-and-a-half seasons (1947-50), chosen because he grew up in the wonderfully-named town of Ninety-Six, S.C. Voiselle was 74-84 lifetime with a 3.83 ERA and 13 shutouts. Runner-up: Mac Suzuki (1996, Seattle)
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Williams wore the famed 99 for three years, including a memorable 1993 season when he was part of a Phillies team that won the National League pennant. He was the pitcher on the wrong side of one of baseball's most memorable homers: Joe Carter's World Series-winning blast in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 of that year's Series. His 192 career saves ranks 39th on the all-time list. Runner-up: Turk Wendell (Mets, Phillies, Rockies) Worthy of consideration: So Taguchi
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