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
2,821 1,112
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,541 911
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,023 1,270
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,404 1,022
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
2,822 1,209
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,262 993
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,537 1,177
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,274 918
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
910 595
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,195 742
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
903 530
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
763 542
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
836 714
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,129 658
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
664 546
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
792 662
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
472 410
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
457 410
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
490 325
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
390 430
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
433 301
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
432 296
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
283 329
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
375 340
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
335 362
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

27
401 376
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
368 383
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
314 315
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
275 255
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
175 193
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
207 276
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

33
244 160
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

34
210 239
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
154 135
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
188 317
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
194 288
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
182 210
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

39
167 160
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

40
173 181
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

41
122 157
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1962

42
160 263
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1892

43
122 125
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1974

44
90 83
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1916

45
117 121
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

46
118 100
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1947

47
236 304
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

48
154 232
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

49
116 102
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1927

50
166 252
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added 1949