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.

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1
2,404 909
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,154 736
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,774 966
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,175 842
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,092 790
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
2,283 932
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,311 965
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,079 749
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
739 514
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
991 634
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
730 453
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
929 487
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
605 444
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
701 580
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

16
561 449
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
669 564
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
384 350
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
402 340
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
415 262
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

21
374 233
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
340 362
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hatchbacks of All Time

23
383 241
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
300 320
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

25
237 282
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
317 298
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
347 316
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
315 332
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
271 266
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

30
239 215
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

31
136 147
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
173 187
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
187 107
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
172 243
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

35
119 100
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
158 172
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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37
163 287
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
170 261
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
156 155
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
140 128
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
109 130
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
95 98
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

43
141 202
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
135 244
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
93 100
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
96 82
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

47
203 270
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

48
63 65
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

49
93 86
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

50
142 200
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942