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
3,229 1,235
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

2
2,901 1,027
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1925

3
1,725 1,128
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
2,183 1,599
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
1,173 699
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
1,495 1,091
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
1,469 883
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
3,048 1,543
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
1,140 657
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
1,679 1,522
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

11
1,376 1,295
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
917 737
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
918 940
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1983

15
1,242 877
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

16
728 752
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1940

17
856 889
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
578 370
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
589 569
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
497 591
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
538 494
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added 1982

22
430 598
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
472 411
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

24
312 443
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
367 468
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
1947