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.

1
2,553 1,000
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,294 811
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,869 1,080
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,518 1,021
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,254 920
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,172 860
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,410 1,032
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,161 806
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
787 544
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,050 677
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
774 486
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
660 483
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
1,014 552
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
746 630
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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606 480
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
711 599
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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408 373
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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421 360
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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438 286
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

21
399 255
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
358 383
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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401 256
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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256 295
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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311 335
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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336 310
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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366 336
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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337 350
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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285 283
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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255 228
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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145 167
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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185 208
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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207 132
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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183 257
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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132 114
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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180 271
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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169 300
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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150 141
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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158 167
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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159 191
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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114 142
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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107 109
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

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146 252
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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218 282
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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106 89
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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146 216
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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101 109
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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73 74
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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154 242
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

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102 95
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927