MLB The Greatest Catchers of All Time  

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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
2,038 724
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
1,841 585
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,490 780
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
943 614
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
994 665
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,089 792
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,787 745
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
921 628
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
877 537
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
649 442
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
637 382
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
742 361
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
513 382
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
583 478
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
490 378
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
579 487
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
336 303
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
320 178
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
346 291
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
324 184
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
349 213
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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23
299 327
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
207 248
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
260 288
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
273 269
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
303 275
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
236 235
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
212 187
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

30
274 305
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

31
142 144
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
106 115
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
133 70
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

34
131 130
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

35
149 223
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

36
96 74
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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37
157 242
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

38
135 135
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
141 268
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
116 108
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

41
87 112
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

42
181 234
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
121 182
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
123 227
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

45
81 83
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

46
134 212
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

47
76 62
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

48
47 51
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

49
129 181
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942

50
65 74
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974