MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by

1
2,168 782
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
1,958 640
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,593 851
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
998 673
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,056 734
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
2,005 808
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,171 864
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
980 668
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
682 464
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
919 571
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
664 403
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
809 404
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
631 509
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
541 407
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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16
514 403
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
618 512
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
347 319
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
371 303
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
341 194
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
351 198
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
377 228
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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23
316 338
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
216 261
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
273 300
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
289 279
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
325 292
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
252 245
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
289 318
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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30
224 199
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

31
155 159
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
116 126
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
154 85
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
138 146
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

35
109 86
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
154 229
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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37
161 249
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
142 142
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
149 274
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
126 115
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
94 119
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
188 246
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
123 189
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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44
126 233
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
85 89
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
85 70
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

47
52 55
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

48
76 83
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

49
139 220
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

50
133 189
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942