Johnny Bench has Hall of Fame stats for injuries, too

The catcher for the Big Red Machine is still dealing with injuries from his playing days.

Johnny Bench? Just call him The Big Red Cross Machine.

“I’ve had 30 chips taken out of my shoulder … I had seven to 10 concussions,” the Hall of Fame Reds catcher, 69, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press: “I got beaned three times, saw stars and went to first base. I had seven (protective) cups broken, a detached bicep and … I’m going to get one more surgery on my right elbow …

“The warranty ran out of my parts. What are you going to do?”


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Making a splash

Michael Phelps was spotted at the PGA Championship last week in Jordan Spieth’s gallery.

Just one problem: He wouldn’t stop diving into the water hazards.

Names in the game

Iceland’s Thorir Thorbjarnarson is Nebraska’s last basketball commit.

Pundits predict he’ll be a Scrabble All-American.

Good question

Which hot streak is the most amazing?

a) Joe DiMaggio, going 56 straight games with a hit

b) Seattle, 56 days in a row without rain

Hold that waistline

“PSY466: Fat Studies,” a behavioral-sciences course at Oregon State, argues that “weightism” is a social-justice issue.

Especially when you’re about to face Alabama’s offensive line.

2 bits, 4 bits, 6 bits …

The Mariners purchased right-hander Ernesto Frieri from the Rangers on Tuesday — for $1.

No truth the rumor Frieri now answers to the nickname of Buck.

Talking the talk

• Comedian Argus Hamilton, on the nuclear rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korean leaders: “We’ve reached the point in human history where the only person who can save the world is Dennis…

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