Ted Williams died. He was the best hitter in baseball. Not everyone liked him. One year he batted .406 but failed to win the MVP award. Another year he led the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs and failed to win the MVP award again because of vindictive sportswriters.
Today, Barry Bonds is similarly disliked. Even the home town newspapers trash him on a regular basis. But he is the most feared hitter in baseball today, and he has won more MVP awards than anyone else.