MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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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 as to who the best catchers of all time are! 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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2,538 991
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,279 804
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,859 1,069
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,502 1,009
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,246 912
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,162 855
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,403 1,024
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,155 800
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
785 540
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,043 675
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
768 483
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
658 479
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,005 548
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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740 628
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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602 477
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

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706 595
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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406 370
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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419 359
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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438 284
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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397 254
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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356 381
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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400 255
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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255 294
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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310 334
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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333 309
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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363 335
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

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335 349
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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284 282
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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253 227
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

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144 166
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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183 206
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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183 256
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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205 131
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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130 113
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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179 270
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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168 299
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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149 140
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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158 166
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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159 190
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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114 141
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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106 108
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

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145 251
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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218 281
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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105 88
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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146 215
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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100 108
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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72 73
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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102 94
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

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153 242
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949