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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2,651 1,039
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,379 844
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,933 1,129
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,620 1,074
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,300 958
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,215 894
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,461 1,068
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,197 843
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
814 564
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,084 699
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
798 505
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
686 507
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
1,061 590
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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772 659
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

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625 507
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

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744 624
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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428 387
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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434 379
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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459 300
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

21
415 274
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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369 404
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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412 275
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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269 306
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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318 349
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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348 325
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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382 356
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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348 368
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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297 298
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

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264 241
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

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156 178
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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197 264
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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225 144
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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194 220
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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187 279
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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178 308
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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136 127
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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171 201
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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159 154
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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164 175
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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117 151
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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114 117
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

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152 256
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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82 78
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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111 95
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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107 115
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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226 296
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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149 226
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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107 99
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

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156 246
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949