Mays in hunt for Greatest Living Player, Franchise Four honors

Bonds, McCovey, Posey also leading in team balloting

Mays in hunt for Greatest Living Player, Franchise Four honors

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants legend Willie Mays ranks among the leaders in the early balloting for Greatest Living Player in baseball's Franchise Four campaign.

The Franchise Four vote enables fans to select the quartet of most significant players in each team's history, as well as top figures in other categories.

Mays, the multitalented center fielder widely considered to have possessed the quintessential combination of power and speed, joined outfielder Hank Aaron and pitchers Sandy Koufax and Tom Seaver among the leaders in the Greatest Living Player category. Johnny Bench, Rickey Henderson, Pedro Martinez and Mays' godson, Barry Bonds, round out the list of Greatest Player candidates.

Mays and Bonds, who combined to hit 1,422 regular-season home runs, also are among the Giants' Franchise Four leaders, a group that includes Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey and the team's current catcher, Buster Posey.

The Giants' other Franchise Four candidates include three Hall of Famers: Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Christy Mathewson and Mel Ott.

Fans have cast 11.8 million votes in the Franchise Four voting, and you can cast your ballot here. Voting ends May 8, and winners from all 30 clubs will be announced at the 2015 All-Star Game, which will take place July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.