MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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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.
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1,974 697
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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2
1,791 554
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,441 754
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
914 584
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
957 641
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,714 709
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,044 767
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
882 604
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
625 429
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
847 520
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
612 365
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
706 337
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
492 363
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
559 459
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

16
471 362
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

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17
561 475
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
322 295
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
304 169
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
309 175
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
329 283
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
333 205
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

23
287 317
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
198 239
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
254 279
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
260 260
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
289 264
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
202 178
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

29
223 224
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

30
262 296
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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31
139 131
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
99 104
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
125 119
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

34
119 64
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

35
92 65
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
144 216
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

37
153 235
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
137 262
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
131 129
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
108 103
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
80 106
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
175 227
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
116 175
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

44
46 43
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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74 54
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

46
77 76
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

47
116 222
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

48
62 66
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

49
131 205
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

50
126 173
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942