TED SIMMONS, JOHNNY BENCH…AND SALVY PEREZ???

Ted Simmons is erudite, scholarly, in fact.

Johnny Bench, aka “Corkhead,” is no scholar, but he is deceptively smart.

He knows what he knows, and what he knows, he knows well.

There are nineteen catchers in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bench and the newly-inducted Simmons among them.

That’s one similarity; they both were great.

And although some of their career statistics move in a related orbit, the two superstars — who share a healthy mutual respect — could not be less alike.