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After Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra (obvious greats), it's all opinion! 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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1,914 672
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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2
1,757 530
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,402 726
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
890 557
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
938 606
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,020 734
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,627 674
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
853 585
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
606 413
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
721 321
josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added josh gibson

11
823 504
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
597 350
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
668 315
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
473 351
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
545 441
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

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455 350
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
544 460
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
313 287
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
298 158
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
302 162
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
320 278
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
282 308
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
323 202
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

24
192 234
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
247 275
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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253 254
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
284 256
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
218 217
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
194 175
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

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134 124
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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253 290
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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93 99
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
118 108
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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140 211
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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84 61
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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148 230
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
109 60
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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133 255
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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78 99
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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129 122
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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103 99
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

42
112 171
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
166 219
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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114 217
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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127 201
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

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71 51
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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43 40
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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71 72
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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117 172
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942

50
85 90
Jonathan Lucroy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
ebelkids added Jonathan Lucroy 1986