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.
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1
2,027 719
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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2
1,832 582
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,479 775
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
933 611
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
988 661
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,082 789
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,773 737
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
911 625
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
872 536
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
645 442
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
628 382
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
738 357
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
508 381
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
581 477
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

16
485 376
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

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17
576 485
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
332 302
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
317 177
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
342 291
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
321 183
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
345 212
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

23
297 326
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
205 246
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
258 287
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
269 268
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
299 273
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
210 186
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

29
232 234
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

30
268 305
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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31
141 142
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
104 113
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
130 128
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

34
130 69
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

35
96 72
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
148 222
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

37
135 134
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
155 242
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
116 107
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

40
140 268
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

41
87 111
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
181 233
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
120 182
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

44
123 226
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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81 82
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
134 211
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

47
47 50
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

48
129 180
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942

49
75 62
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

50
65 73
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974