The 100 Greatest Catchers of All-Time

THE CATCHERS

Johnny Bench

1967—1983
HALL OF FAME

1

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 1st
LONG PEAK ... 2nd
SHORT PEAK ... 1st
PRIME ... 2nd

Gary Carter

1974—1993
HALL OF FAME

2

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 2nd
LONG PEAK ... 1st
SHORT PEAK ... 2nd
PRIME ... 1st

Pudge Rodriguez

1991—2011
HALL OF FAME

3

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 4th
LONG PEAK ... 4th
SHORT PEAK ... 6th
PRIME ... 4th

Mike Piazza

1992—2007
HALL OF FAME

4

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 5th
LONG PEAK ... 3rd
SHORT PEAK ... 3rd
PRIME ... 3rd

Carlton Fisk

1969—1993
HALL OF FAME

5

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 3rd
LONG PEAK ... 6th
SHORT PEAK ...4th
PRIME ... 15th

Yogi Berra

1946—1965
HALL OF FAME

6

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 6th
LONG PEAK ... 10th
SHORT PEAK ...14th
PRIME ... 7th

Thurman Munson

1969—1979

7

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 13th
LONG PEAK ... 9th
SHORT PEAK ...7th
PRIME ... 8th

Roy Campanella

1948—1957
HALL OF FAME

8

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 17th
LONG PEAK ... 13th
SHORT PEAK ...9th
PRIME ... 10th

Mickey Cochrane

1925—1937
HALL OF FAME

9

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 10th
LONG PEAK ... 5th
SHORT PEAK ...5th
PRIME ... 8th

Joe Mauer

2004—2018

10

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 14th
LONG PEAK ... 11th
SHORT PEAK ...13th
PRIME ... 6th

Bill Dickey

1928—1946
HALL OF FAME

11

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 8th
LONG PEAK ... 12th
SHORT PEAK ...11th
PRIME ... 11th

Buster Posey

2009—

12

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 21st
LONG PEAK ... 7th
SHORT PEAK ...8th
PRIME ... 5th

Joe Torre

1960—1977

13

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 7th
LONG PEAK ... 8th
SHORT PEAK ... 12th
PRIME ... 12th

Ted Simmons

1968—1988
HALL OF FAME

14

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 11th
LONG PEAK ... 15th
SHORT PEAK ... 18th
PRIME ... 16th

Bill Freehan

1961—1976

15

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 16th
LONG PEAK ... 16th
SHORT PEAK ... 10th
PRIME ... 18th

Gene Tenace

1969—1983

16

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 15th
LONG PEAK ... 14th
SHORT PEAK ... 17th
PRIME ... 13th

Gabby Hartnett

1922—1941
HALL OF FAME

17

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 9th
LONG PEAK ... 18th
SHORT PEAK ... 25th
PRIME ... 24th

Jorge Posada

1995—2011

18

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 18th
LONG PEAK ... 17th
SHORT PEAK ... 15th
PRIME ... 14th

Jim Sundberg

1974—1989

19

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 19th
LONG PEAK ... 19th
SHORT PEAK ... 19th
PRIME ... 20th

Yadier Molina

2004—

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WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 19th
LONG PEAK ... 23rd
SHORT PEAK ... 16th
PRIME ... 19th

Jason Kendall

1996—2010

21

Darrell Porter

1971—1987

22

Roger Bresnahan

1897—1915
HALL OF FAME

23

Lance Parrish

1977—1995

24

Wally Schang

1913—1931

25

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Russell Martin

2006—2019

26

Elston Howard

1955—1968

27

Ernie Lombardi

1931—1947
HALL OF FAME

28

Brian McCann

2005—2019

29

Victor Martinez

2002—2018

30

Mickey Tettleton

1984—1997

31

Manny Sanguillen

1967—1980

32

Del Crandall

1949—1966

33

Tony Pena

1980—1997

34

Javy Lopez

1992—2006

35

Tom Haller

1961—1972

36

Smoky Burgess

1949—1967

37

Tim McCarver

1959—1980

38

Darren Daulton

1983—1997

39

Chris Hoiles

1989—1998

40

Terry Steinbach

1986—1999

41

Carlos Ruiz

2006—2017

42

Ray Schalk

1912—1929
HALL OF FAME

43

Walker Cooper

1940—1957

44

Ed Bailey

1953—1966

45

Sherm Lollar

1946—1963

46

Mike Scioscia

1980—1992

47

Butch Wynegar

1976—1988

48

Johnny Bassler

1913—1927

49

Chief Meyers

1909—1917

50

Bob Boone

1972—1990

51

Mike Napoli

2006—2017

52

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THE REST OF THE 100 GREATEST CATCHERS

WAR7: Best 7 Seasons
wins above replacement
— catchers —
Gary Carter

48.4

Johnny Bench

47.2

Mike Piazza

43.1

Pudge Rodriguez

39.8

Joe Mauer

39.0

Yogi Berra

38.0

Carlton Fisk

37.6

Joe Torre

37.2

Thurman Munson

37.0

Buster Posey

36.6

Best 5 Consecutive Seasons
WINS ABOVE REplacement
— catchers —
Gary Carter

35.8

Johnny Bench

32.7

Mike Piazza

30.9

Pudge Rodriguez

30.3

Buster Posey

29.2

Joe Mauer

28.9

Yogi Berra

27.5

Thurman Munson

27.0

Mickey Cochrane

27.0

Roy Campanella

26.9

WAR3: Best 3 Seasons
wins above replacement
— catchers —
Johnny Bench

23.9

Gary Carter

23.1

Mike Piazza

21.9

Carlton Fisk

20.3

Joe Mauer

19.5

Pudge Rodriguez

19.3

Thurman Munson

19.3

Buster Posey

19.0

Roy Campanella

18.9

Bill Freehan

18.3