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List Rules Only players known as catchers and not other positions

After Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra (obvious greats), it's all opinion! A catcher has to have insane defensive prowess and focus to be considered great. Not surprisingly, several of the famous baseball catchers listed here are also among the greatest baseball players ever in the MLB. The best baseball catchers on this list are from different teams, but all have impressive stats that back up their legacy. 

Who are the greatest catchers of all time? This list includes some of the most talented, legendary catchers in Major League Baseball history. From Yogi Berra to Thurman Munson, the players listed here were exemplary in their abilities. Vote for the MLB catchers you think are the best, vote down any you don't think deserve a spot and certainly, if any great catchers are missing, add them. You can also rerank this list your way.

What makes a great catcher? It's more than just defensive prowess. A catcher's responsibilities are many. They've got to be able to work well with any and all starting pitchers, calling a good game for them so they can concentrate on getting batters out. Offensively, the greatest catchers of all time were able to contribute to their team's wins with the bat: They could hit. Typically, the MLB's best catchers might not have the speed that some of the outfielders do, but they've often got the power.

Need proof? Just look at some of the names listed here. Yes, Bench, Fisk and certainly Mike Piazza all qualify, having had hundreds of home runs during their esteemed MLB careers.
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Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

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Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

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Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

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Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Tony Pena 1982

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Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Manny Sangillen

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Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Buck Ewing 1859

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Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Ray Schalk 1892

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Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Ray Fosse 1947

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Jonathan Lucroy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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Carlos Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time