Originally Posted by MikeThierry
I think you completely underestimate I-Rod's offensive abilities as well. Even if you take into account Rodriguez's offensive decline around age 36, he still has a career .297 batting average compared to Bench's .267. Bench had more power but I-Rod batting 30 points higher for a career than Bench is something to note and shouldn't be dismissed as "being a good hitter for a catcher".
OPS+ of 102 means he was essentially an average hitter in his career, or "very good for a catcher"
And that 30 points in BA means very little when Bench had a better OBA.
You can keep plugging that BA all you want but in isolation it means very little.