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Johnny Bench

Hall-of-Famers as Seen Through Player Won-Lost Records: Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench was elected to the Hall of Fame in his 1st year of eligibility, 1989, with 96.4% of the vote.

The first table below presents Johnny Bench's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Johnny Bench
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1967CIN19
26
1.92.50.433-0.2
-0.0
1.62.40.403-0.3-0.2
1968CIN20
154
15.213.50.5281.1
2.3
16.014.70.5210.92.2
1969CIN21
148
15.311.30.5762.4
3.5
16.012.40.5642.23.4
1970CIN22
158
21.715.30.5863.1
4.7
18.814.40.5672.23.6
1971CIN23
149
16.015.30.5100.4
1.6
15.714.00.5290.92.1
1972CIN24
147
20.113.30.6013.4
4.8
19.613.40.5933.14.4
1973CIN25
152
19.714.20.5812.8
4.2
17.014.10.5461.52.8
1974CIN26
160
21.915.70.5823.2
4.6
19.314.20.5772.74.0
1975CIN27
142
17.913.70.5662.0
3.3
17.312.70.5772.23.4
1976CIN28
135
12.811.00.5371.0
1.9
13.611.50.5401.22.1
1977CIN29
142
16.812.70.5691.8
3.0
14.311.40.5571.32.3
1978CIN30
120
12.29.70.5561.3
2.1
12.510.30.5491.22.0
1979CIN31
130
15.611.90.5661.8
2.9
14.111.00.5621.62.5
1980CIN32
114
11.39.90.5340.8
1.6
11.08.50.5641.32.0
1981CIN33
52
6.24.30.5900.8
1.2
5.24.30.5500.40.8
1982CIN34
119
11.613.10.470-1.0
-0.1
11.511.20.506-0.20.7
1983CIN35
110
10.310.10.504-0.2
0.6
8.98.20.5210.10.8
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
2,158
246.3197.70.55524.4
42.1
232.6188.80.55222.239.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
45
6.14.00.603 1.45.23.90.572 1.0
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
2,203
252.4201.70.555
43.6
237.8192.70.552 40.0


Johnny Bench won a Rookie-of-the-Year award, ten Gold Gloves, and two MVP awards (in 1970 and 1972). He was named to fourteen All-Star teams, starting ten All-Star games. He was the first catcher elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

Not surprisingly, given this resume, many people consider Johnny Bench to be the best catcher in major-league history (not including the Negro Leagues).

The next two tables show the top 10 players in wins over positional average (pWOPA, eWOPA) since integration (1947) for players for whom at least one-third of their decisions were as a catcher.

Top 10 Catchers
(Ranked by career pWOPA, All Positions)
pWins pLosses pWOPA pWORL
1Yogi Berra244.6182.032.449.9
2Johnny Bench246.3197.724.442.1
3Mike Piazza214.0174.922.438.4
4Carlton Fisk251.4220.821.340.0
5Jorge Posada172.7147.518.631.6
6Roy Campanella126.994.617.426.4
7Darrell Porter162.9139.214.326.5
8Gary Carter241.8216.614.131.6
9Joe Torre244.4209.713.632.0
10Thurman Munson154.1133.212.824.5


Top 10 Catchers
(Ranked by career eWOPA, All Positions)
eWins eLosses eWOPA eWORL
1Mike Piazza206.5166.922.638.0
2Johnny Bench232.6188.822.239.0
3Carlton Fisk244.8214.321.139.3
4Yogi Berra219.4184.918.334.8
5Gary Carter239.2207.317.434.5
6Jorge Posada166.1149.114.427.2
7Joe Torre237.9202.214.132.0
8Gene Tenace147.9117.613.924.5
9Roy Campanella124.2101.612.621.8
10Ivan Rodriguez236.5229.512.130.5


To what I'm sure is nobody's surprise, Johnny Bench is near the top of both tables.



All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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