MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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List Rules Only players known as catchers and not other positions

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.
list ordered by

1
2,184 793
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
1,972 648
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,605 860
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,003 679
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,066 741
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
2,032 817
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,181 869
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
984 672
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
685 466
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
921 574
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
668 405
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
817 409
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
640 511
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
544 409
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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16
518 404
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
622 514
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
349 322
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
372 306
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
342 197
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
352 201
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
379 231
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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23
318 338
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
216 262
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
273 301
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
291 279
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
327 292
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
254 247
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
291 318
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Closers in Baseball History

30
225 200
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

31
156 161
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
116 127
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
156 88
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
141 147
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

35
109 87
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
154 230
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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37
143 143
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
161 250
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
149 275
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
126 116
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
95 120
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
189 247
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
123 190
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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44
126 234
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
85 90
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
85 71
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

47
52 56
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

48
76 85
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

49
139 221
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

50
133 190
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942