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.

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2,739 1,085
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,459 886
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,985 1,198
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,757 1,140
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,343 999
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,241 940
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,510 1,116
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,248 875
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
851 582
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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1,129 728
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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841 521
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
719 525
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
809 693
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
1,107 635
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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649 534
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
771 649
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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449 403
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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446 400
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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476 318
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

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384 422
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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426 292
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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423 290
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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276 324
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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367 334
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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327 358
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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394 369
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

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359 379
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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306 310
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

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273 249
Manny Sanguillén is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen 1944

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168 186
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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236 152
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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203 231
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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199 272
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

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185 313
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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148 131
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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192 285
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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165 158
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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178 207
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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168 180
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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121 156
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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120 121
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974

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157 262
Ray Schalk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Ray Schalk 1892

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115 120
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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85 82
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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231 302
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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114 100
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

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153 230
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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110 102
Smoky Burgess is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Smoky Burgess 1927

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161 252
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949