Johnny Bench

Hall of Fame

Catcher

1967—1983

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Player LeveL
Legend
All-time rank
#50
Catcher RANK
#1

Player Detail

Johnny Lee
GIVEN NAME
Bench
SURNAME
December 7, 1947, in Oklahoma City, OK
BORN
STILL LIVING
DIED
1967—1983
Playing Career
Played from 19-35
PLAYING AGE
Cincinnati Reds
Teams Played For
Catcher
PRIMARY POSITION
Big Red Machine
PRIMARY TEAM
1975-75
World Series titles
Little General
NICKNAME
5
UNIFORM NUMBER
#4 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-1 / 197
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
August 28, 1967
Major League Debut
September 29, 1983
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Johnny Bench?

The cleanup man for the Big Red Machine, the greatest catcher ever.

60

HITTING

70

POWER

40

RUNNING

80

FIELDING

80

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
The bus carrying his high school baseball team crashed in Oklahoma, killing several people, but Bench was unharmed.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
2158
2048
389
1376
.267
14 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS
1970, 1972 MVP
All-Century Team

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1972 Reds

24 Years Old

.270
AVG
40
HR
125
RBI
87
RUNS
.379
OBP
145
HITS
22
2B
2
3B
.541
SLG
100
BB
6
SB
8.6
WAR
Won his second MVP Award at just 24 years of age.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.267
.342
.476

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.817
.689
119.2

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
61.2
43.9

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Johnny Bench Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Bench
530
142
76
26
2
27
95
62
88
5
252
205
.267
.342
.476
817
AVG C
533
133
54
22
3
12
70
56
78
3
196
191
.249
.321
.368
.689

Johnny Bench Rankings

AT Catcher BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
1
1
1
1
2
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Catcher BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
1
2
2
1
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Johnny Bench PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
75.2
47.2
32.7
23.9
5.64
53.0
34.7
25.3
17.3
4.40
BLUE = Johnny Bench
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
365.4
221.9
157.5
111.3
27.4
307.6
181.0
130.7
87.6
24.8
BLUE = Johnny Bench
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME C

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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