As Reds Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench was recognized before Tuesday’s All-Star Game as one of baseball’s Four Greatest Living Players, Giants catcher Buster Posey was looking on from the National League dugout. Posey already has drawn comparisons to Bench as a preternaturally successful young catcher who has been a foundation for his team’s success. Here’s how their career numbers compare through their age 28 seasons (with Posey still in the middle of his). Bench debuted at age 19, Posey at 22:
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At age 21
Bench: Batted .293 with 26 home runs and 90 RBIs for the Reds, finishing 13th in the N.L. MVP race and making his second All-Star team.
Posey: Won the Johnny Bench Award, given to college baseball’s top catcher, in his junior year at Florida State.
They catch and pitch
Bench: Longtime spokesman for Krylon paint: “No runs, no drips, no errors.”
Posey: Appears in recent Esurance commercial in full catcher’s gear, ready to help a woman deliver her baby: “I’m sort of your doctor. We both wear gloves, and we both deliver in the clutch.”