So now that the originator of the title is gone, who is the Greatest Living Ballplayer? Most people with an opinion have said Willie Mays, and a few others have said Aaron. Steve Caimano at Dugout Central makes an argument for Musial:
Three different people could write arguments in favor of each of the candidates and they would all be right. What bothers me is that Musial is rarely mentioned in the discussion and that’s unfortunate. Stan Musial turned 87 years old last November and his time with us is growing short. Someday you’ll turn on SportsCenter, see the grainy black and white highlights, hear someone talk about the numbers above and say to yourself “Man, I never knew he was that good”. Do yourself a favor. Spend a little time with the Baseball Encyclopedia or read a little about the man who has been the face of the Cardinal franchise for 60 years. They didn’t call him “The Man” for nothing.It's not a bad argument, but I'd still probably take Mays based on his defensive value and baserunning. Aaron vs. Musial is a closer call, but since Aaron played against better competition and spent his prime in a sharp pitchers' era, I'd probably go with The Hammer.
Here are a couple of fun names to throw into the mix: Barry Bonds (save your objections, we're all aware). How about some pitchers? I mean, sure, everyday players may contribute more from a statistical perspective, but the title "Greatest Living Ballplayer" obviously implies some subjectivity. Roger Clemens (again, I know)? Tom Seaver? Greg Maddux?
It's the kind of subject that, properly supplemented with time and alcohol, could help pass an entire day. I like those kinds of subjects.
(link via BTF)