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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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1,846 648
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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2
1,708 506
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

3
1,353 693
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
860 536
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
900 583
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
986 704
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
823 561
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,572 647
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
583 402
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
799 490
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
694 310
josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added josh gibson

12
577 340
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
627 297
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
531 428
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
459 342
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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16
442 341
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
527 451
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
300 279
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
285 149
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
312 271
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
294 151
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
271 300
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
315 196
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

24
183 229
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
244 270
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

26
244 248
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

27
279 248
Jason Varitek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
wiabux added Jason Varitek 1972

28
211 209
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

29
249 284
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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30
188 168
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

31
126 117
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

32
88 91
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

33
112 99
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

34
135 205
Buck Ewing is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added Buck Ewing 1859

35
143 224
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

36
131 250
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

37
77 93
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

38
123 118
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

39
77 56
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

40
96 54
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

41
98 95
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

42
106 166
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

43
109 211
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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44
163 211
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

45
69 46
Ray Fosse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Ray Fosse 1947

46
126 196
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

47
69 67
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

48
41 35
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

49
111 168
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942

50
56 59
Bengie Molina is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Bengie Molina 1974