Willie Howard Mays, the legendary "Say Hey Kid," just turned 80 on May 6, and his birthday was a time to celebrate the singular gifts and charisma of one of the greatest to ever play the game that so many of us love.
Indeed, many consider Mays to be the greatest living ballplayer; some may even call him the greatest to ever play the game.
This slideshow does not purport to enter that debate, although as much as I revere Mays, I don't understand how Babe Ruth does not walk away, or slug away, with greatest of all time.
But let's get back on track.
Who are, subjectively speaking, the greatest living ballplayers for each position?
The following team also includes a four-man starting rotation (two lefties and two righties; we do not need a fifth man) and a relief pitcher. Just to ease my conscience for passing over some marvelous ballplayers, I added one extra infielder and outfielder.
Still, as one may expect, I wish I could have made room for more.
So let's pay tribute to some of the very best to ever do it and hope that they will be with us for many more years to come.
Pictured (left to right) are (the late) Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and Henry Aaron; talk about a legendary outfield!