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SI PLAYERS POLL

Aug. 01, 2005
Aug. 01, 2005

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SI PLAYERS POLL

Who has the best fastball in the major leagues?

This is an article from the Aug. 1, 2005 issue Original Layout

Billy Wagner 18%

Phillies Closer

Randy Johnson 18%

Yankees Starter

Mariano Rivera 9%

Yankees Closer

Eric Gagne 8%

Dodgers Closer

For an expanded version of the poll go to SI.com/scorecard.

FAST FACTS Wagner got 23% of the votes of fellow relievers. For more on his fastball see page 38. The Giants' Jason Schmidt and Houston's Roger Clemens (both at 5%) were the only others to get more than 3% of the vote.... Gagne (elbow) is out for the year.... After Johnson and Wagner, the next lefty on the list was the Cardinals' Mark Mulder, who was 18th and drew less than 1% of the vote.

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