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
3,260 1,241
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,930 1,035
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
1,749 1,136
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,193 1,621
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,192 707
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,512 1,099
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,491 892
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
3,067 1,559
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,161 661
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,686 1,542
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,381 1,308
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
925 744
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
924 949
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,248 885
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
732 759
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
861 895
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
588 373
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
598 573
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
500 595
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
431 601
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
315 445
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
539 496
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

24
368 470
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

25
473 414
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time