I have to say that almost all of argument is DISCREDITABLE. Almost all of the factors that you mention for Yogi being the greatest catcher are practically out of his control.
Catching Don Larsen's perfect game as a reason why he is the greatest catcher of all time? Umm I think Don Larsen probably thinks he himself had something to do with it. Just a guess.
Berra was a good game caller no doubt but again he called games for some unbelievable pitchers like Whitey Ford, Don Larsen, Allie Reynolds, Vic Raschi, Bob Turley, Ralph Terry, and Ed Lopat.
And as far as the "in between the lines versus off the field stuff" argument, this cant be a popularity contest for who has done the most for baseball, because on the field is what counts to making you a better catcher. Not being able to recite analogies that make everyone laugh, or being able to coach with success as you said earlier. That is not part of being a catcher. A catcher gets behind the plate and does his job. Krylon commercials or "Yogi and a movie" on YES network have nothing to do with either of these players talents. It's just not a valid argument that would put Yogi on top.
There is also this case you keep making for Yogi:
So while Bench was great at throwing out runners, Yogi was great at something else. Winning. From 1947-1964, the Yankees missed the World Series only three times. (In 1946 Yogi only played 6 games for the Yanks, 1964 he was their manager)
This is my favorite part. Because if asked I wonder if Mickey Mantle, Joe Dimaggio, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto, and Roger Maris would take some of the credit for their dynasty as well.
You're statement of Yogi being a winner on the field is correct. Yogi might even be the greatest team player in the history of baseball. But that doesn't make him the greatest catcher according to your arguments. Because here is what we know about Johnny bench.
INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS- 10 gold gloves, the greatest defensive catcher of all time, tremendous offensive statistics with a higher home run, RBI, Slugging% total than Berra. He also averaged a higher number of runs created throughout his career.
You said that an analyst found that Berra was the best at working with pitchers. I wish I could've seen evidence that proved it.
What we know about Johnny Bench is what he did as a catcher. The greatest of all-time. What we know about Yogi Berra according to you was that he was a great team player, a good manager, and a good television character. Those are not sufficient arguments that should be made for the greatest CATCHER
of all time.
Bottom line is that with these catchers being so even in offensive nature, the people voting for you or I have to decide who has argued their case to a better degree. At this point I have to say I think my arguments have fit the question whereas your arguments address Berra the man rather than Berra the catcher.