12/14/2012 09:23 am ET

Why Barry Bonds Is Baseball's All-time Best Player

Best. Not greatest: best.

I want no part of the word “greatest.” This time of year it barely even means anything outside of whatever post-hoc definition is needed to support other arguments. If we’re going to talk about Barry Bonds’s place in baseball history, let’s kick “greatest” to the same curb where we left “most valuable” a few weeks back and focus instead on best, which in relation to sports we can take to mean “demonstrating the absolute highest standard of performance and ability in his field, both in relation to his contemporaries and his historical predecessors.”

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