Wow, great poll. Personally I went with RJ in '01. Big Unit had 79 more Ks than any other pitcher, threw 249 IP, led the league in ERA, and WHIP around 1. The reason I didn't choose Pedro, is that while he dominated the league in ERA and WHIP, the counting stats of so many more Ks from RJ did it for me. I dunno though, as I keep flipping back to the numbers I think Pedro might have been the correct choice.
That Walker pick is very sexy, but '97 was a big offensive year in baseball. Griffey that year hit .304 with 147 RBI and 125 R. 11 players total had 120+ RBIs, 12 players hit 40+ HRs with McGwire hitting 58.
Bonds had a mini-Walker year himself. 13 players had more SBs than Walker, and Biggio had a great year from 2B: .309 22 HR 81 RBI 146 R 47 SBs..
While few players had the all around great numbers as Walker, several were close. Walker didn't seem to dominate his league like the seasons of the Big Unit and Pedro did. These two put up such great numbers (Especially Pedro in the ratio stats) that it would be hard to win your league without them. I don't think the same could be said for '97 Walker, where several players had truely spectacular offensive seasons.
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike