MLB honors the ‘Greatest Living Players’ except the greatest living player

For The Win

CINCINNATI — In a lovely ceremony before the 2015 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays gathered in front of the pitcher’s mound and acknowledged the crowd. All four were amazing baseball players, some of the best of all time, and should be honored as national treasures, for sure. No one’s here to pick on Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax or Willie Mays.

But the foursome were voted by fans and introduced as the game’s “Greatest Living Players,” and that’s just not true. Mays might have a legit claim to the throne of greatest, but there’s really no way anyone should reasonably argue that there are four living baseball players better than Mr. Barry Lamar Bonds.

(PHOTO: Barry Bonds/Instagram) (PHOTO: Barry Bonds/Instagram)

In career Wins Above Replacement, Bonds ranks behind only Babe Ruth, Cy Young and Walter Johnson on the all-time leaderboard…

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