Bob Costas reveals which MLB greats remind him of Willie Mays

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Willie Mays was one of a kind, literally.

Mays, who died this week at the age of 93, is the only player in baseball history to have 3,000 hits, 600 home runs and double-digit Gold Glove awards.

There is no doubt that Mays is one of the five greatest players in baseball history; many argue that he is number one.


The MLB legend hit 660 home runs in his illustrious career. (Getty Images)

Mays was a true five-tool player and it's nearly impossible to find someone like him.

However, Bob Costas listed a few (two current and three former) that remind him of the legendary Mays.

On OutKick's “Don't @ Me with Dan Dakich” the announcer was asked who the best player alive is right now, and he had a few people in mind.

“I'm probably overlooking someone. Shohei Ohtani is making a case, Aaron Judge is making a case,” Costas said.

The two-way star that is Ohtani, of course, is doing things that not even Babe Ruth did when he was a pitcher and hitter. Meanwhile, Judge could threaten his own American League record of 62 home runs this season.

However, I wanted to talk about some who have retired in the last two decades.

Willie Mays swing

San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays, number 24, swings and watches his ball fly against the New York Mets during an early 1970s Major League Baseball game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Mays played for the Giants from 1951 to 1972. (Focus on sport/Getty Images)


“I would say young, healthy Ken Griffey Jr., the Barry Bonds before steroids. You could make a very good case for those players. As a hitter, Albert Pujols was a terror in his years with the Cardinals… If you look to Albert “Pujols' numbers as a Cardinal, then we are in Ted Williams territory, or pretty close to it.”

From 1990 to 2000, Griffey batted .299 with a .963 OPS, hit 422 home runs, and won 10 Gold Glove Awards. As for Bonds, he invented the 350-350 club in the 1997 season, having already won three MVPs and seven Gold Gloves. His numbers after that year are also absurd, but that's when it's widely speculated that he started taking drugs. to improve performance.

Pujols is in the 3,000-600 club with Mays (in fact, he and Hank Aaron are the only members of the 3,000-700 club). In 12 seasons as a Cardinal, Pujols hit .326 with a 1.031 OPS.

Mays made his MLB debut when he was 20 years old playing for the New York Giants. He would go on to be a 24-time All-Star, two-time MVP, 12-time Gold Glover, two-time All-Star Game MVP, Rookie of the Year and 1954 World Series champion in an illustrious career that led to an easy induction to the Hall of Fame.

The Capture of Willie Mays

Willie Mays, #24 of the New York Giants, returns to catch the ball batted by Vic Wertz, #23 of the Cleveland Indians, during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series on September 29, 1954 at Polo Ground V in New York. York, New York. May's capture is known as “The Capture.” (Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)


Mays was known for his ability to wow audiences with thunderous home runs, deft baserunning, and miraculous plays in center field. One of MLB's most iconic plays came in the 1954 World Series and was always called “The Catch.”

He finished his career with New York Mets in 1973, where his number 24 is also retired.

Fox News' Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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