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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hall of Famer catcher Johnny Bench still a fan of Reds

But while he is an avid fan of the Reds, Bench still keeps track of what’s going on in baseball. He likes some of what he sees, although not everything. Still, he said the game itself hasn’t changed over the years.

“We perceive it being different because they (players) make so much money, and there’s more radio talk shows, more TV and you can watch it 24 hours a day,” said Bench, adding he isn’t too sure about the added wild card spot in each league. “And you still (get the feeling) there’s only two teams in the world, Boston and New York, which hasn’t changed a bit.

“There’s more deception. Just open the newspaper, read the box scores and enjoy what’s going on, instead of listening to a lot of the talking heads that seem to focus, unfortunately, more on the on the negatives guys do.

“We see this guy and that guy (do well) and you don’t want to mention their names because you don’t want to give them the press.”

Bench also said that while players today are “bigger and stronger,” players in his time could still compete with today’s talent.

“Are they better? No,” he said. “We would have all played.”

Thanks to Drew.

Repoz Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4239962)
In other news, water is still wet.
   2. phredbird Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM (#4240025)
i'll give him credit for not sounding like an old codger and coming right out and saying that the old-timers were better, or played the game right, etc. ... his comment was pretty diplomatic.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4240031)
Is it bad that when I first see his name in the newsthread, my first response is "sad to see he has passed away."
   4. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM (#4240035)
Is it bad that when I first see his name in the newsthread, my first response is "sad to see he has passed away."


I always think "No runs. No drips. No errors." when I see his name.
   5. The District Attorney Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM (#4240065)
Johnny Bench called.
   6. Bob Tufts Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM (#4240076)
and happy birthday to Joe Morgan - and Duke Snider!
   7. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM (#4240099)

I remember a quote from Bench when Carlton Fisk broke his record for HRs by a catcher:

"I thought about making a comeback, until I pulled a muscle vacuuming"

   8. Bob Tufts Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM (#4240120)
Modern players are better. They don't bring the best man home on their wedding night to play ping pong - and only Kris Benson would have advised his wife to pose nude in Hustler to collect $ 25,000.
   9. bjhanke Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4240163)
Morgan and Snider on the same day? Yes, I think I can a happy birthday to those two guys. And yes, for those of you who were wondering about the old comment that the Duke had his stats slightly inflated because he was the only lefty bat in his lineup - it's true for about 4 years. But I doubt that constant platoon advantage was what made him into a Hall guy. He was just plain good. Over in the Hall of Merit's Most Meritorious Player threads, where we vote on players year by year, Joe Morgan is cranking out a very impressive run of #1 finishes. Happy Birthday, guys. - Brock Hanke
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4240170)

I always think "No runs. No drips. No errors." when I see his name.


Ha, yes that too. I also remember reading his autobiography when I was like 11 and he had a story about some groupie that wanted to go skinny dipping and that left quite an impression on me as an eleven year old. "I WANT TO BE A BASEBALL PLAYER!"
   11. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:46 PM (#4240178)
I always think "No runs. No drips. No errors." when I see his name.

I always think of the Johnny Bench hitting trainer: basically just a concrete block with a stick coming out the top, and a small plastic ball on another stick on top of that. You'd hit the ball, it'd spin around, and then a big rubber band would bring it spinning back around again. That was it. Great for developing a nice repeatable level swing, without having to chase balls or change batteries.
   12. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 03:38 PM (#4240326)
You never see Krylon products around anymore.
   13. TomH Posted: September 19, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4240369)
If someone challenges me to argue that Johnny Bench is one of the 5 best players ever, here is my take:

1 Get 100 fans to pick the best player ever at each of the 9 positions (pitcher, not DH).
2 Count up who has the most votes.
3 I suspect Bench only finishes behind Wagner, Gehrig, Schmidt, and Ruth. Cobb/Mays and Ted/Musial/Bonds each draw CF & LF support, and there are way too many 2B and SP candidates. Ergo, Bench is top 5!

I don't believe it for a minute, but thereyougo.


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