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
3,058 1,191
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,766 975
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,104 1,469
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,604 1,066
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,085 632
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,418 993
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,371 786
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
2,935 1,384
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,328 1,135
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,060 562
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,608 1,354
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
856 586
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
885 766
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,187 701
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
697 589
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
827 710
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
546 428
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
475 441
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
516 357
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
411 466
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
411 354
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
301 352
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
452 330
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
451 322
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
354 385
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

27
414 399
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
397 398
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
333 334
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
286 270
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
228 283
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

32
267 171
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

33
185 210
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

34
222 253
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
202 325
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
167 144
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
205 297
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
176 165
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

39
177 186
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
184 220
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

41
125 163
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1962

42
102 87
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1916

43
169 266
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1892

44
125 131
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1974

45
123 125
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

46
247 309
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

47
122 107
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1947

48
159 238
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

49
123 107
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1927

50
124 35
Josh Gibson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time