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
3,062 1,192
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,769 976
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
2,110 1,471
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
1,607 1,066
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,087 633
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,421 995
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,376 787
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
2,941 1,389
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,331 1,137
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,062 562
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,610 1,360
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
859 588
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
885 768
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,190 705
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
698 591
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
828 713
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
548 430
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
480 443
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
519 359
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

21
414 468
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
415 354
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
302 354
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
453 332
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
452 324
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

26
355 387
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947

27
415 401
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added 1972

28
400 399
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

29
334 335
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added 1958

30
287 270
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added 1944

31
229 284
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1859

32
271 171
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added 1990

33
185 210
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

34
222 253
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

35
204 325
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
170 144
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
206 297
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
177 165
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1962

39
177 186
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
184 221
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added 1983

41
126 163
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1962

42
102 87
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1916

43
169 266
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added 1892

44
125 131
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1974

45
123 125
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1933

46
247 310
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

47
122 107
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added 1947

48
159 238
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

49
126 35
Josh Gibson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

50
123 107
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added 1927