Unfortunately, Mays was never so designated, not even informally. Maybe commissioner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig's crush on Hank Aaron had already taken hold. Maybe it was the personality and remoteness of Mays. Now for the first time in 16 years the concept has been revived and by the league itself with its stumbling, bumbling promotion, which mixes an all living list with "dead or alive" lists for each franchise. Maybe they should have had lists for:
- all living
- all dead
- dead or alive.
However misguided the promotion, it caused at least this one fan to take stock of who is the greatest living player. Mays is still a viable choice. But as with the death of DiMaggio I immediately and instinctively realized that it was Barry Bonds as I had mentioned in my previous post:
Greatest living players by position. Thursday, April 16, 2015
|Barry Bonds in 1993|
by Jim Accordino
via Wikimedia Commons
I guess for me Bonds is so far ahead in batting and also very well rounded in his early years that he seems to be the choice. But it's difficult to put someone ahead of Mays. Even for a Mickey Mantle fan.