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The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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List Rules Only players known as catchers and not other positions

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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Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925
3
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
4
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
5
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
6
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
7
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
8
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
9
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
10
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
11
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
13
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
14
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
15
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983
16
Josh Gibson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
17
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
18
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
19
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
20
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940
21
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
22
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982
23
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
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Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958
25
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time