SI PLAYERS POLL

August 21, 2005

Who has the best changeup in the major leagues?

[Based on a survey of 450 MLB players]

Johan Santana 24%

Twins starter

Eric Gagne 18%

Dodgers closer

Trevor Hoffman 15%

Padres closer

Pedro Martinez 12%

Mets starter

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

FAST FACTS Santana received 48% of the vote in the AL Central. For more on his changeup see page 37.... Gagne, who's out for the season, came in fourth in the "best fastball" poll.... The only other players to get more than 1% of the vote were Keith Foulke (10%), Greg Maddux (7%) and Jamie Moyer (3%).... Martinez and Santana are tied for second in the majors with 172 strikeouts.

COLOR PHOTOROBERT BECK (HOFFMAN)

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