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Sunday, October 17, 2004
Updated: October 22, 9:32 AM ET
Vote: Cover athlete for ESPN's 2K5 MLB game

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The ESPN Video Games team needs your help deciding who to put on the cover of next season's ESPN's 2K5 MLB game! That's right! They've narrowed the finalists down to five but need your help in picking the winner!

Should it be Carlos Beltran for helping turn around Houston Astros and leading them to the NLCS? Perhaps Seattle Mariner Ichiro deserves the honor for breaking the single-season hits record? All five candidates had outstanding 2004 seasons so the decision is a tough one.

Check out the candidates below and cast your vote!


Carlos Beltran
Houston Astros
 After joining the Astros at midseason, Beltran slugged 23 home runs in helping the Houston Astros to the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals.


Eric Gagne
Los Angeles Dodgers
Relief Pitcher
 Gagne was a key weapon in the Dodgers pursuit of the National League pennant this season, appearing in 70 games, racking up 45 saves, 114 strikeouts and a 2.19 ERA.


Vladimir Guerrero
Anaheim Angels
Guerrero didn't lose any of his explosiveness after joining the Anaheim Angels in the offseason. In fact, he hit .339 and smashed 39 home runs, helping lead the Angels to a ALDS showdown with the Boston Red Sox.


Seattle Mariners
While many will forget the 2004 season as a whole for the Seattle Mariners, no one will forget Ichiro's pursuit of George Sisler's single-season hits record. Ichiro broke the 84-year-old record by finishing with 262 hits.


Alex Rodriguez
New York Yankees
Third Base
Rodriguez joined the New York Yankees because he wanted to win a World Series. He helped the cause by slugging 36 home runs in the regular season and going 8-for-19 in the ALDS win against Minnesota.