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 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.

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1
2,412 918
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,165 745
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,783 977
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,184 852
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
2,309 934
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,098 799
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,317 971
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,088 752
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
746 515
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
997 636
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
733 456
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
937 490
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
611 445
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
705 584
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

16
565 452
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
676 566
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
386 352
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
402 342
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
416 264
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

21
375 234
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
342 363
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hatchbacks of All Time

23
384 243
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
239 284
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
301 323
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
318 300
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
349 318
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
317 333
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
273 269
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

30
241 217
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

31
138 148
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
177 187
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
189 108
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
173 244
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

35
120 101
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
158 173
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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37
164 288
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
171 262
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
156 156
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
140 129
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
109 131
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
96 100
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

43
141 204
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
136 245
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
93 101
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
204 271
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

47
96 83
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

48
64 66
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

49
94 87
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

50
143 201
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942