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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 Pitching Performance of the Year

April 4 -- Of course a Red Sox pitcher threw a no-hitter. But... it was Hideo Nomo? Nomo kick-starts Boston's season after a bit of a slow start, tossing a no-no against Baltimore. A great catch in the ninth by Mike Lansing helps secure the feat.
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May 8 -- The Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson, on the way to his third straight Cy Young Award, ties the Major League record for strikeouts over nine innings with 20 against the Reds.
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July 6 -- Oakland's Mark Mulder is the picture of efficiency. Mulder pitches a one-hitter, and not only does he not walk anyone, he doesn't go to a single three-ball count. The A's top Arizona 3-0.
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Sept. 2 -- The Yankees' Mike Mussina comes within one batter of perfection. Carl Everett's two-out, ninth-inning single spoils Mussina's bid for a perfect game, but Moose gets the one-hitter and the Yankees sweep the Red Sox at Fenway.
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Sept. 3 -- Ignoring baseball superstition, the Cardinals' Bud Smith becomes the 16th rookie in modern history to throw a no-hitter, mowing down the Padres.
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Honorable Mention

May 7 -- The Dodgers' Kevin Brown comes within inches of a no-hitter and strikes out 10.
May 12 -- It's far from perfect, but Florida's A.J. Burnett throws a no-no against the San Diego Padres.

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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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