Who's bigger than Barry?

MIKE FITZPATRICK

, Last Updated: 7:48 AM ET

Barry Bonds is approaching 755 homers, Craig Biggio is closing in on 3,000 hits and Tom Glavine is nearing 300 wins.

While some of baseball's oldest stars are set to pursue milestones this season, MVP Ryan Howard and the Philadelphia Phillies are gearing up to chase down the New York Mets in the NL East.

"We're the team to beat. I can't put it any other way," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said. "Look at our team and what we're bringing. Look at the improvements we've made."

The Mets still have Glavine, who enters the season with 290 victories. But after coming within one win of the World Series last year, they weren't so amused by all the one-sided analysis coming out of Phillies's clubhouse.

"The Phillies, they can come out and talk as much as they want," all-star third baseman David Wright said in spring training. "Until they prove it on the field, then it's just talk. ... talk is very, very cheap."

Nobody knows that better than Bonds, who re-signed with San Francisco in the off-season after plenty of haggling over his US$15.8-million, one-year contract. Now, he needs 22 home runs to break Hank Aaron's career record of 755.

"I'll drag it. I'll let you guys wait," he joked. "You know how I do it, the anticipation, the hype, the talk. I'll let you guys talk about it."

The 42-year-old slugger is also 159 hits from 3,000 and 70 RBIs shy of 2,000. But what he wants most, he maintains, is his first World Series ring. First, he and the Giants, with $126-million man Barry Zito pacing the pitching staff, might have to get past their oldest rivals in the NL West - the Los Angeles Dodgers.


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