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SI PLAYERS POLL

June 06, 2005
June 06, 2005

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SI PLAYERS POLL

Who is the best lefthanded pitcher in baseball?

This is an article from the June 6, 2005 issue Original Layout

Randy Johnson/Yankees starter 61%

Johan Santana/Twins starter 23%

Mark Mulder/Cardinals starter 5%

Billy Wagner/Phillies closer 3%

[Based on a survey of 450 MLB players ]

FAST FACTS: Only five other pitchers--the Pirates' Oliver Perez, the Astros' Andy Pettitte, the Mets' Tom Glavine, the Orioles' B.J. Ryan and the Cards' Ray King--got three or more votes.... Among voters with 10 or more years experience, Santana got 34% to Johnson's 53%.

For complete results and a breakdown of the poll go to SI.com/scorecard.

COLOR PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (JOHNSON)