MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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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.

list ordered by

1
3,366 1,272
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
3,030 1,058
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
1,818 1,180
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,250 1,707
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,249 739
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,563 1,137
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,553 925
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
3,150 1,627
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,200 676
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,730 1,589
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,407 1,327
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
947 784
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
944 995
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,277 925
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
628 385
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

17
872 931
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
745 800
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

19
611 594
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
506 610
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
373 487
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

22
549 506
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

23
485 422
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
435 615
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
317 456
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time