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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.
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1,896 664
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,744 524
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,388 711
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
929 596
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
877 550
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,014 722
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
843 578
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,609 664
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
599 410
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
714 316
josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added josh gibson

11
817 497
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
590 346
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
655 306
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
465 345
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
540 437
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

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451 345
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
539 455
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
308 283
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
296 153
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
301 156
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
319 275
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
279 304
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
319 199
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

24
188 232
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
245 272
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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250 250
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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282 250
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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217 212
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

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252 286
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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193 171
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

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131 121
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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93 94
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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114 104
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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137 208
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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145 227
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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104 56
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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132 252
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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82 58
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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77 95
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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125 119
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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101 96
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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110 167
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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111 214
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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126 197
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

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166 214
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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70 47
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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43 36
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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71 68
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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85 86
Jonathan Lucroy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
ebelkids added Jonathan Lucroy 1986

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113 169
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942