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
3,136 1,213
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,820 1,004
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,142 1,530
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,652 1,106
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,119 676
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,453 1,054
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
2,990 1,475
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,412 857
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,093 631
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,644 1,451
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,351 1,228
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
885 678
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
899 868
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,214 803
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
712 688
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
839 819
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
563 520
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
513 360
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
487 536
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
529 450
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

22
422 555
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
360 448
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

24
459 405
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
458 389
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time