MLB 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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2,664 1,050
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,392 852
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,947 1,139
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,639 1,087
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,306 966
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,221 902
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,470 1,075
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,207 847
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
820 566
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,091 702
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
804 507
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
689 509
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
780 663
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
1,071 597
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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627 515
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
750 626
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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430 389
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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436 382
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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460 303
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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372 405
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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415 276
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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414 276
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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271 307
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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318 350
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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351 326
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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383 359
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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348 370
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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297 300
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

The Best Closers in Baseball History

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267 242
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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157 179
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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197 266
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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227 145
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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195 221
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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179 309
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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187 281
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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137 129
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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172 202
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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159 155
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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166 176
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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118 152
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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153 257
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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115 119
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

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82 79
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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109 117
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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111 97
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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226 298
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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151 227
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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108 100
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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157 247
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949