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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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1,825 635
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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2
1,694 498
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,342 683
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
851 527
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
893 576
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
974 689
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
814 548
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,552 638
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
578 401
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
793 489
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
688 308
josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added josh gibson

12
571 338
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
617 293
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
456 340
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
523 425
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

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16
439 338
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
521 448
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
298 276
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
282 148
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
310 268
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
268 297
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
311 194
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

23
291 148
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
181 226
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
241 268
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
241 246
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
274 247
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
208 208
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
247 282
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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186 167
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

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123 116
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
87 90
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
134 204
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

34
142 223
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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110 99
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

36
130 249
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
77 92
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

38
93 53
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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122 118
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
97 94
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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75 56
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

42
106 164
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
109 210
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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160 211
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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69 66
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
124 196
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

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66 46
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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110 167
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942

49
56 58
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

50
40 35
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916