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
3,387 1,280
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
3,051 1,063
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
1,838 1,183
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,263 1,721
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,262 744
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,572 1,143
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,561 933
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
3,173 1,636
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,207 682
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,736 1,600
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,418 1,333
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
956 798
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
952 1,008
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,284 940
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
640 388
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

17
878 944
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
749 811
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

19
615 601
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
379 493
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

21
508 615
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
549 510
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

23
487 426
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
436 618
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
317 460
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time