Opponents can't deny what Cabrera, who is batting .360 with 40 HRs and 120 RBI, has done this season.

"He's the best hitter in all of baseball," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "There are guys more athletic, younger, faster.

"He can hit with power. He hits in the clutch. He hits consistently. He's the best."

The most impressive thing Cabrera has done was hit two homers off Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer of all-time, in two at-bats in the ninth inning recently in New York. The first, a two-run shot with two outs, on Friday night, tied the game. The second on Sunday, a solo shot, started a two-run rally to tie that game as well.

Still, this greatest-ever debate won't be settled until all these great players stats are final and people can really compare.

"If you don't have him in the conversation, something's wrong with you or you didn't play baseball," Torii Hunter said. "You can look at his stats right now.

"If he keeps this up for the next couple of years, he's going to be the best right-handed hitter ever."

We'll see.