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Francisco Rodriguez was voted the "This Year in Baseball" Setup Man of the Year for the 2004 Major League Baseball season. Nearly 800,000 ballots were cast for this year's awards by baseball fans around the globe. Thanks to everyone who voted.

Click here for a complete list of winners and final voting tallies.



Mike Gonzalez
Gonzalez cemented his role as a valued setup man by midseason, holding batters to a .201 batting average and producing a WHIP of 0.88.
  56K | 350K

Tom Gordon
Gordon topped all pitchers with 36 holds in 2004. He limited opponents to a .180 average and fanned 9.64 batters per nine innings.
  56K | 350K

Ray King
King was stellar all season, allowing only one home run in 62 innings, while piling up 31 holds. Hitters batted only .197 against him.
  56K | 350K

Steve Kline
Southpaw setup man Kline sported a career-low 1.79 ERA for the NL champion Cardinals, chipping in with 15 holds and three saves.
  56K | 350K

Scott Linebrink
Linebrink was brilliant in 73 appearances out of the bullpen, recording 28 holds while holding hitters to a .209 average.
  56K | 350K

Ryan Madson
Madson was a rookie revelation for the Phillies, winning seven games out of the bullpen before a July injury shut him down for five weeks. He finished with a 2.34 ERA and a 9-3 record.
  56K | 350K

Guillermo Mota
Mota won nine games in relief and placed sixth in the Majors with 29 holds. He only allowed 75 hits in 96 2/3 innings.
  56K | 350K

Akinori Otsuka
Otsuka shined in his rookie season, recording 34 holds while limiting the opposition to a .199 average in 73 appearances.
  56K | 350K

Juan Rincon
Rincon was the go-to guy in the Twins bullpen, establishing career highs in ERA (2.63), strikeout ratio (11.63 per nine innings) and wins (11).
  56K | 350K

Frankie Rodriguez
K-Rod was lights out all season, fanning 123 in 84 innings and holding his opponents to a .172 average. He placed second in the AL with 27 holds.
  56K | 350K

B.J Ryan
Ryan improved on his solid 2003, whiffing a phenomenal 122 in 87 innings while producing 21 holds -- all career highs.
  56K | 350K

Scot Shields
Shields appeared in a career-high 60 games for the AL West champion Angels, winning eight and holding 17 games in 105.1 innings.
  56K | 350K