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
2,968 1,158
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,679 945
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,067 1,390
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,522 1,047
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,009 612
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,360 957
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
2,881 1,313
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,301 761
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,294 1,079
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,572 1,287
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
992 549
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
803 567
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
866 740
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,161 677
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
684 562
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
816 680
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
504 417
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
471 419
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
508 335
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
403 444
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
444 310
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
290 338
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
443 305
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
347 369
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

26
387 348
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
408 386
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
384 391
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
328 324
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
280 263
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
181 202
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
217 281
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

33
261 167
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

34
220 248
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
193 322
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
161 140
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
200 294
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
172 164
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

39
183 217
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

40
176 185
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

41
124 162
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1962

42
162 266
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1892

43
124 129
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1974

44
93 87
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1916

45
245 307
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

46
119 125
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

47
120 106
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1947

48
157 236
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

49
119 106
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1927

50
169 257
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added 1949