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
2,885 1,128
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,602 923
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,044 1,322
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,454 1,037
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
2,855 1,257
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,273 1,033
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
950 603
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,305 943
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,553 1,225
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,239 753
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
940 540
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
783 556
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
854 729
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,151 661
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
679 552
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
804 668
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
486 413
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
462 412
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
497 329
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
399 435
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
439 305
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
289 331
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
439 298
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
384 343
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
339 364
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

27
406 381
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
376 385
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
323 315
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
278 258
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
180 197
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
215 277
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

33
252 161
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

34
213 241
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
157 136
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
191 318
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
198 290
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
171 161
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

39
182 211
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

40
174 182
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

41
124 159
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1962

42
160 264
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1892

43
123 126
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1974

44
91 84
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1916

45
117 122
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

46
240 306
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

47
119 102
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1947

48
156 233
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

49
118 103
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1927

50
167 253
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added 1949