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
2,920 1,138
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,630 934
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,055 1,350
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,482 1,042
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
2,862 1,279
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
974 607
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,328 950
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,279 1,055
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,559 1,249
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,264 755
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
960 543
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
785 560
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
857 733
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,152 665
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
680 554
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
809 669
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
489 414
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
462 414
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
499 331
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
401 436
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
439 306
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
290 332
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
440 299
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
385 344
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
342 365
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

27
407 381
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
378 386
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
326 316
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
278 259
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
181 197
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
215 278
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

33
254 163
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

34
216 243
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
158 136
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
192 318
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
172 161
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

39
182 212
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

40
175 182
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
241 306
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

46
117 122
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

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
168 253
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added 1949