The Greatest Catchers of All Time Baseball Players
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The Greatest Catchers of All Time

List Criteria: Only players known as catchers and not other positions

After Bench and Yogi it is about opinion! At catcher you have to put a lot of emphasis on defensive prowess! So let me have it if you disagree. Not surprisingly, several of the names listed here are also among the greatest baseball players ever.

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, 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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    the people's #1
    Johnny Bench

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    Carlton Fisk

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    josh gibson

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    often listed
    Gene Tenace

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    Darrell Porter

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    Mike Scioscia

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    Tony Pena

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    Manny Sangillen

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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mickey Tettleton

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    Buster Posey

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    Randy Hundley

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    Benito Santiago

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