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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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1,717 506
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Yogi Berra 1925

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1,855 649
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

3
1,357 695
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

4
865 539
Roy Campanella is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

5
905 583
Carlton Fisk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

6
990 706
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

7
829 563
Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

8
1,574 648
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

9
585 404
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

10
698 311
josh gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
bojanthebest added josh gibson

11
802 492
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

12
580 342
Bill Dickey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

13
630 299
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

14
531 431
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Mauer 1983

15
459 343
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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443 343
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Joe Torre 1940

17
528 452
Jorge Posada is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

18
301 280
Gabby Hartnett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

19
286 151
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

20
313 272
Elston Howard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

21
295 153
Benito Santiago is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

22
271 302
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

23
315 197
Tony Peña is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
blueline3 added Tony Pena 1982

24
184 231
Ernie Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

25
244 271
Bob Boone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
Bob Boone 1947

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245 249
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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279 249
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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211 210
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
hookstyler added Mike Scioscia 1958

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249 285
Tim McCarver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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189 169
Manny Sangillen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
RoryB.Pollaro added Manny Sangillen

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127 119
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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91 93
Javy López is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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112 100
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Russell Martin 1983

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135 206
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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143 225
Darrell Porter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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131 251
Gene Tenace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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77 94
Terry Steinbach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Terry Steinbach 1962

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97 55
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
txmcvf added Salvador Pérez 1990

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124 119
Jim Sundberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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77 57
Steve Yeager is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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99 96
Darren Daulton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added Darren Daulton 1962

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106 167
Jason Kendall is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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109 212
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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163 212
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time

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70 68
John Roseboro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
chile6880 added John Roseboro 1933

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126 197
Rick Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Rick Dempsey 1949

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69 47
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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41 36
Mickey Owen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
MacSa added Mickey Owen 1916

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82 85
Jonathan Lucroy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
ebelkids added Jonathan Lucroy 1986

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111 169
Jerry Grote is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Catchers of All Time
VinceSchmidt added Jerry Grote 1942