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The Best Catchers In Major League Baseball History

The catcher is the most physically demanding position in baseball. A good catcher can make or break a team. They can be the difference between glory and nothing at all for their team. Some catchers are defensive geniuses; others play both sides of the game equally well. Here are our picks for the greatest catchers of all time.

Buck Ewing

Baseball Hall

Buck Ewing spent nearly all of his career with the New York Giants. During his nine-year stay, he once stole over 30 bases in a single season.

Lance Parrish


Lance Parrish often falls off the radar because he moved around so much during his 19-year career. But this baseball veteran ranks fifth in the history of the sport for most home runs by a catcher.

Thurman Munson

NY Daily News

Thurman Munson won the World Series twice with the New York Yankees. He also picked up the Gold Glove three times and was an MVP in 1976.

Ivan Rodriguez


Many catchers on this list are classic greats, but Ivan Rodriguez has excelled more recently. It looks like he’ll break 3,000 hits before his career ends and his stats are excellent so far.

Yogi Berra

USA Today

Everyone knows his name, and Yogi Berra was a rock-solid catcher. He may be the best-known Yankees player of all time and for good reason.

Bill Freehan

MGO Blue

Bill spent all of his career at the Detroit Tigers. He joined the World Series championship side of 1968 and collected five Gold Gloves too.

Elston Howard

Black America Web

Elston Howard was the first African American to be accepted into the Bronx Bombers. He would go on to become a four-time World Series champion and be invited to the All-Stars 12 times.

Bernie Santiago

Athletics Nation

Bernie Santiago spent 2,000 games behind the plate and 10 seasons as a catcher. He made an impressive .987 fielding percentage during that time.

Mike Piazza

LA Times

He started well in 1993 when he picked up a Rookie of the Year award for an incredible season. He ended his time in the sport with over 427 home runs and 1,337 RBI!

Johnny Bench

Sports Illustrated

Johnny Bench began as 1968’s Rookie of the Year. He would then win the World Series twice and pick up 10 Gold Gloves and 14 All-Star titles. He’s the best there’s ever been.

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