Originally Posted by MikeThierry
Bench's OBP is just nine points higher than Rodriguez so its not exactly like comparing Pujols OBP to Bench's.
Well, considering that the only offensive category where Rodriquez distinquished himself is "getting on base', it's relevant that he still trailed Bench.
Bench was an exceptional hitter his whole career, Rodriquez was a very good hitter "for a catcher".
Apples and oranges.
And IMO Bench set the standard for defensive catchers. He doesn't take a back seat to anyone.