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
2,386 903
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,138 730
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,764 953
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,167 829
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
2,266 923
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,086 778
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,299 955
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,072 743
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
733 509
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
981 630
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
723 449
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
924 479
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
598 440
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
694 574
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
558 444
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
664 558
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
381 346
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
397 337
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
413 257
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

21
370 229
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
382 237
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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23
338 358
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
235 279
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
297 318
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
315 296
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
347 312
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
312 330
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
269 262
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
237 213
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

31
133 144
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
172 183
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
184 103
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
170 240
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

35
158 167
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

36
116 97
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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37
154 151
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
138 124
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

39
162 284
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
168 259
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

41
107 127
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
93 95
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

43
141 199
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
135 241
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
95 80
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

46
92 98
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

47
202 267
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

48
61 64
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

49
93 83
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

50
141 198
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942