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Johnny Bench I Dare You To Run Me Over!!!

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022514_johnny_bench_launchJohnny Bench tells TMZ Sports he fully SUPPORTS the new anti-collision rule in the MLB -- but that doesn't make him a wuss.  In fact, Johnny says he's still tough as nails ... and he's willing to prove it.

Johnny was out in D.C. Tuesday when he dropped some serious collision knowledge -- comparing speeding base runners to MISSILES who can seriously injure a catcher.

But when we asked if he still considered catchers "tough" -- the 66-year-old Hall of Famer challenged our guy to a collision right there on the spot.

Seriously, we're lucky our guy walked away in one piece.

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