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Wrapping Up 2001
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Video Vote 2001
MLB.com has plundered our video archives to collect the best plays of the year in 12 categories. Check out the clips in each category and then vote in the poll on the right to let us know what you think is the Best of the Best for 2001.

Regular Season Home Run of the Year

Aug. 12 -- Two of baseball's best teams meet in what eventually turns out to be a playoff preview, and this time the A's get the best of the matchup. Jason Giambi rips a walk-off home run to give the A's a sweep of the World Champs and keep his club charging toward the Wild Card.
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Sept. 21 -- On perhaps the most memorable and emotional night of the season, Mike Piazza gives the Shea faithful a desperately-needed highlight. Piazza mammoth home run into the night keeps the Mets' hopes alive and gives New York a boost in the first game played in the city since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
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Sept. 29 -- Brian Jordan's one-man show hits its high point. Jordan rips John Franco's offering for a walk-off grand slam to cap a seven-run Atlanta comeback against the Mets. Jordan's late-season heroics broke the hearts of Mets and Phillies fans repeatedly in the season's final month.
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Oct. 5 -- You knew it would happen against the Dodgers. Los Angeles ace Chan Ho Park was no match for the force that was Barry Bonds, as Bonds breaks Mark McGwire's single-season home run mark at Pac Bell Park. Bonds' 71st of the season is followed later in the evening by No. 72.
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Oct. 7 -- Bonds puts the final touch on perhaps the greatest individual season in history. In the top of the first inning of the Giants' final game, Bonds takes Dodger starter Dennis Springer deep for home run No. 73 of his almost inconceivably great year.
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Honorable Mention

June 8 -- Carlos Lee hits the grand salami for the White Sox to defeat the crosstown rival Cubs.
June 20 -- Eric Chavez goes deep for Oakland in the ninth inning for a win over the first-place Mariners.
Sept. 20 -- Shawn Green hits the two-out, game-winning homer in the 13th inning to lift Los Angeles to a 3-2 victory over the NL-West leading D-Backs.
Sept. 21 -- Albert Pujols hits the grand slam to keep the Cardinals in the playoff race.
Sept. 28 -- Luis Gonzalez belts his 54th homer in the 11th to lead the D-Backs to a 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

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Regular Season Play
Home Run of the Year
Catch of the Year
Throw of the Year
Defensive Infield Play
Greatest Comeback / Finish
Individual Performance
Memory of the Year
Pitching Performance
Collision of the Year
Postseason Play
Blooper of the Year
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