3. Willie Mays (CF-Giants)

  • 1951-73, Giants, Mets
  • 5th in HR (660)

Where do you begin with the great Willie Mays?

How about the thought that the man collected 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, 1,908 runs batted in, 338 stolen bases and 12 Gold Gloves? Does that work?

A lot of sluggers find themselves on these lists. The lure of the home run and power usually garners more attention.

While Mays is no different in that regard, he is when it comes to a pure five-tool player. Power, speed, contact, arm and defense was what Mays was all about. He was the quintessential all-around brilliant talent with a career .302 batting average.

Mays was truly the first of his kind – the first prototype for what we saw throughout baseball the last half-century.