100 Greatest Catchers of All-Time

Explanation of Rankings
CAREER = Career Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
We use bWAR.
LONG PEAK = WAR in best seven seasons.
SHORT PEAK = WAR in best three seasons.
PRIME = WAR in best five consecutive seasons.
CHWAR = WAR in pennant-winning seasons.
ADJ = Adjustments for timeline, era, or other factors.
TOTAL = (2x CAREER)+(1.75x LONG PEAK)+(SHORT PEAK)+(2x PRIME)+(.1x CHWAR)+(ADJ)
1 Johnny Bench
1967—1983
69.9
CAREER
43.5
LONG PEAK
22.0
SHORT PEAK
30.2
PRIME
27.2
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
302.0
TOTAL
2 Josh Gibson
1930—1946
59.9
CAREER
46.7
LONG PEAK
25.1
SHORT PEAK
36.4
PRIME

CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
299.5
TOTAL
3 Gary Carter
1974—1992
66.6
CAREER
44.6
LONG PEAK
21.4
SHORT PEAK
33.1
PRIME
3.6
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
299.2
TOTAL
4 Carlton Fisk
1969—1993
64.5
CAREER
35.1
LONG PEAK
18.7
SHORT PEAK
21.4
PRIME
3.2
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
252.3
TOTAL
5 Joe Mauer
2004—2018
53.5
CAREER
37.7
LONG PEAK
18.9
SHORT PEAK
28.0
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
247.8
TOTAL
6 Yogi Berra
1946—1965
52.4
CAREER
32.4
LONG PEAK
15.3
SHORT PEAK
24.2
PRIME
43.4
CHWAR
-0.5
ADJ
229.3
TOTAL
7 Buster Posey
2009—2021
44.2
CAREER
36.1
LONG PEAK
18.5
SHORT PEAK
28.7
PRIME
16.9
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
229.1
TOTAL
8 Ivan Rodriguez
1991—2011
51.6
CAREER
29.7
LONG PEAK
14.5
SHORT PEAK
28.5
PRIME
7.6
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
228.5
TOTAL
9 Thurman Munson
1969—1979
45.6
CAREER
34.1
LONG PEAK
17.8
SHORT PEAK
24.9
PRIME
13.4
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
219.9
TOTAL
10 Ted Simmons
1968—1988
46.4
CAREER
32.0
LONG PEAK
14.9
SHORT PEAK
21.1
PRIME
3.3
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
206.2
TOTAL
11 Bill Dickey
1928—1946
47.7
CAREER
29.9
LONG PEAK
15.1
SHORT PEAK
21.9
PRIME
33.7
CHWAR
-6.6
ADJ
203.2
TOTAL
12 Mike Piazza
1992—2007
38.7
CAREER
27.4
LONG PEAK
14.2
SHORT PEAK
28.7
PRIME
5.1
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
197.7
TOTAL
13 Bill Freehan
1961—1976
40.9
CAREER
30.8
LONG PEAK
16.7
SHORT PEAK
20.6
PRIME
7.0
CHWAR
2.2
ADJ
196.4
TOTAL
14 Jorge Posada
1995—2011
40.0
CAREER
30.9
LONG PEAK
15.8
SHORT PEAK
21.8
PRIME
20.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
195.4
TOTAL
15 Roy Campanella
1937—1957
38.1
CAREER
30.6
LONG PEAK
16.5
SHORT PEAK
23.5
PRIME
21.1
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
195.3
TOTAL
16 Mickey Cochrane
1925—1937
40.6
CAREER
29.9
LONG PEAK
14.6
SHORT PEAK
22.3
PRIME
24.0
CHWAR
-3.4
ADJ
191.9
TOTAL
17 Yadier Molina
2004—2021
41.0
CAREER
27.8
LONG PEAK
16.0
SHORT PEAK
21.7
PRIME
8.2
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
191.0
TOTAL
18 Joe Torre
1960—1977
52.7
CAREER
34.0
LONG PEAK
16.3
SHORT PEAK
23.5
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-43.0
ADJ
185.2
TOTAL
19 Gene Tenace
1969—1983
43.8
CAREER
32.2
LONG PEAK
15.0
SHORT PEAK
23.4
PRIME
12.5
CHWAR
-22.0
ADJ
184.9
TOTAL
20 Jim Sundberg
1974—1989
39.1
CAREER
28.2
LONG PEAK
14.9
SHORT PEAK
19.7
PRIME
1.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
181.9
TOTAL
21 Gabby Hartnett
1922—1941
47.2
CAREER
25.7
LONG PEAK
12.5
SHORT PEAK
17.1
PRIME
10.3
CHWAR
-8.3
ADJ
179.0
TOTAL
22 Jason Kendall
1996—2010
39.0
CAREER
28.5
LONG PEAK
13.7
SHORT PEAK
18.7
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
179.0
TOTAL
23 Darrell Porter
1971—1987
38.3
CAREER
26.7
LONG PEAK
14.5
SHORT PEAK
16.8
PRIME
7.1
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
173.3
TOTAL
24 Lance Parrish
1977—1995
37.6
CAREER
26.3
LONG PEAK
13.2
SHORT PEAK
18.1
PRIME
2.8
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
170.9
TOTAL
25 Russell Martin
2006—2019
37.8
CAREER
26.0
LONG PEAK
14.6
SHORT PEAK
16.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
168.4
TOTAL
26 Biz Mackey
1920—1947
39.4
CAREER
24.4
LONG PEAK
13.4
SHORT PEAK
16.6
PRIME

CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
168.1
TOTAL
27 Salvador Perez
2011—2021
31.6
CAREER
25.8
LONG PEAK
14.5
SHORT PEAK
14.7
PRIME
5.9
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
152.9
TOTAL
28 Brian McCann
2005—2019
31.0
CAREER
23.8
LONG PEAK
13.0
SHORT PEAK
17.1
PRIME
1.2
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
151.1
TOTAL
29 Mickey Tettleton
1984—1997
29.1
CAREER
22.9
LONG PEAK
13.8
SHORT PEAK
19.2
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
150.5
TOTAL
30 Roger Bresnahan
1897—1915
33.9
CAREER
24.6
LONG PEAK
12.9
SHORT PEAK
18.4
PRIME
3.7
CHWAR
-11.4
ADJ
149.5
TOTAL
31 Elston Howard
1955—1968
26.4
CAREER
24.1
LONG PEAK
14.5
SHORT PEAK
18.7
PRIME
20.2
CHWAR
0.6
ADJ
149.4
TOTAL
32 Wally Schang
1913—1931
40.1
CAREER
21.1
LONG PEAK
10.1
SHORT PEAK
14.4
PRIME
16.2
CHWAR
-9.2
ADJ
148.6
TOTAL
33 J.T. Realmuto
2014—2021
24.9
CAREER
24.9
LONG PEAK
13.4
SHORT PEAK
18.2
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
143.1
TOTAL
34 Manny Sanguillen
1967—1980
25.5
CAREER
24.4
LONG PEAK
12.6
SHORT PEAK
17.4
PRIME
5.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
141.6
TOTAL
35 Tony Pena
1980—1997
23.8
CAREER
23.5
LONG PEAK
12.8
SHORT PEAK
19.2
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
139.9
TOTAL
36 Javy Lopez
1992—2006
27.6
CAREER
23.1
LONG PEAK
14.0
SHORT PEAK
14.2
PRIME
3.3
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
139.4
TOTAL
37 Ernie Lombardi
1931—1947
32.9
CAREER
20.8
LONG PEAK
10.2
SHORT PEAK
14.7
PRIME
6.0
CHWAR
-3.5
ADJ
139.0
TOTAL
38 Louis Santop
1910—1926
32.5
CAREER
20.8
LONG PEAK
11.4
SHORT PEAK
12.9
PRIME

CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
138.5
TOTAL
39 Victor Martinez
2002—2018
30.7
CAREER
27.2
LONG PEAK
14.4
SHORT PEAK
16.5
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-19.0
ADJ
137.4
TOTAL
40 Del Crandall
1949—1966
27.4
CAREER
21.9
LONG PEAK
12.1
SHORT PEAK
15.4
PRIME
6.3
CHWAR
-0.3
ADJ
136.5
TOTAL
41 Tom Haller
1961—1972
26.6
CAREER
21.8
LONG PEAK
11.1
SHORT PEAK
16.0
PRIME
3.5
CHWAR
1.5
ADJ
136.3
TOTAL
42 Chris Hoiles
1989—1998
23.5
CAREER
22.1
LONG PEAK
13.3
SHORT PEAK
17.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
133.7
TOTAL
43 Tim McCarver
1959—1980
25.9
CAREER
19.7
LONG PEAK
11.7
SHORT PEAK
15.9
PRIME
11.4
CHWAR
2.6
ADJ
133.6
TOTAL
44 Terry Steinbach
1986—1999
27.5
CAREER
21.5
LONG PEAK
11.3
SHORT PEAK
14.5
PRIME
3.8
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
133.2
TOTAL
45 Darren Daulton
1983—1997
22.6
CAREER
21.7
LONG PEAK
14.7
SHORT PEAK
17.0
PRIME
5.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
132.4
TOTAL
46 Smoky Burgess
1949—1967
29.7
CAREER
20.5
LONG PEAK
9.5
SHORT PEAK
13.0
PRIME
3.3
CHWAR
-0.3
ADJ
130.9
TOTAL
47 Ed Bailey
1953—1966
24.4
CAREER
20.6
LONG PEAK
10.9
SHORT PEAK
15.6
PRIME
1.9
CHWAR
0.3
ADJ
127.4
TOTAL
48 Mike Scioscia
1980—1992
24.9
CAREER
20.3
LONG PEAK
11.2
SHORT PEAK
14.5
PRIME
3.7
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
125.8
TOTAL
49 Butch Wynegar
1976—1988
24.4
CAREER
21.0
LONG PEAK
10.9
SHORT PEAK
14.2
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
124.8
TOTAL
50 Walker Cooper
1940—1957
25.9
CAREER
20.7
LONG PEAK
10.6
SHORT PEAK
12.8
PRIME
9.1
CHWAR
-1.7
ADJ
123.7
TOTAL
51 Sherm Lollar
1946—1963
26.5
CAREER
19.3
LONG PEAK
9.5
SHORT PEAK
13.8
PRIME
3.4
CHWAR
-0.8
ADJ
123.5
TOTAL
52 Ray Schalk
1912—1929
27.5
CAREER
18.1
LONG PEAK
8.6
SHORT PEAK
14.8
PRIME
5.5
CHWAR
-5.5
ADJ
120.0
TOTAL
53 Terry Kennedy
1978—1991
21.0
CAREER
18.9
LONG PEAK
11.6
SHORT PEAK
15.7
PRIME
0.6
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
119.2
TOTAL
54 Jonathan Lucroy
2010—2021
18.5
CAREER
19.0
LONG PEAK
13.5
SHORT PEAK
17.4
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
118.4
TOTAL
55 Charles Johnson
1994—2005
21.1
CAREER
18.9
LONG PEAK
11.7
SHORT PEAK
14.9
PRIME
4.4
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
117.2
TOTAL
56 Bob Boone
1972—1990
25.3
CAREER
18.6
LONG PEAK
9.7
SHORT PEAK
11.3
PRIME
0.3
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
115.5
TOTAL
57 Mike Stanley
1986—2000
21.3
CAREER
19.9
LONG PEAK
12.3
SHORT PEAK
14.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-2.8
ADJ
115.4
TOTAL
58 Mike Napoli
2006—2017
25.6
CAREER
22.1
LONG PEAK
12.3
SHORT PEAK
16.1
PRIME
10.4
CHWAR
-20.1
ADJ
115.3
TOTAL
59 Jason Varitek
1997—2011
22.7
CAREER
17.6
LONG PEAK
10.2
SHORT PEAK
13.5
PRIME
6.3
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
114.1
TOTAL
60 Johnny Bassler
1913—1927
20.9
CAREER
19.5
LONG PEAK
9.0
SHORT PEAK
15.5
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-3.8
ADJ
112.1
TOTAL
61 Ramon Hernandez
1999—2013
20.9
CAREER
17.8
LONG PEAK
10.0
SHORT PEAK
14.1
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
111.1
TOTAL
62 Rick Dempsey
1969—1992
23.9
CAREER
16.8
LONG PEAK
8.7
SHORT PEAK
11.7
PRIME
3.9
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
110.8
TOTAL
63 Rick Ferrell
1929—1947
24.8
CAREER
16.4
LONG PEAK
7.6
SHORT PEAK
13.8
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-3.3
ADJ
110.1
TOTAL
64 John Stearns
1974—1984
19.0
CAREER
18.9
LONG PEAK
11.6
SHORT PEAK
13.6
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
109.8
TOTAL
65 John Romano
1958—1967
18.9
CAREER
18.1
LONG PEAK
10.7
SHORT PEAK
13.6
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
1.7
ADJ
109.0
TOTAL
66 Matt Wieters
2009—2020
19.0
CAREER
17.0
LONG PEAK
11.7
SHORT PEAK
14.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
108.0
TOTAL
67 John Roseboro
1957—1970
20.4
CAREER
17.6
LONG PEAK
9.3
SHORT PEAK
12.3
PRIME
7.9
CHWAR
0.7
ADJ
107.1
TOTAL
68 A.J. Pierzynski
1998—2016
22.7
CAREER
17.2
LONG PEAK
9.4
SHORT PEAK
11.0
PRIME
2.3
CHWAR
0.1
ADJ
107.0
TOTAL
69 Johnny Kling
1900—1913
23.5
CAREER
18.1
LONG PEAK
9.2
SHORT PEAK
12.5
PRIME
13.5
CHWAR
-7.4
ADJ
106.9
TOTAL
70 Steve O'Neill
1911—1928
22.1
CAREER
16.9
LONG PEAK
9.9
SHORT PEAK
13.8
PRIME
4.8
CHWAR
-5.4
ADJ
106.5
TOTAL
71 Chief Meyers
1909—1917
20.5
CAREER
17.3
LONG PEAK
9.7
SHORT PEAK
14.7
PRIME
13.7
CHWAR
-5.3
ADJ
106.3
TOTAL
72 Spud Davis
1928—1945
20.7
CAREER
17.5
LONG PEAK
9.9
SHORT PEAK
12.9
PRIME
2.4
CHWAR
-2.9
ADJ
105.2
TOTAL
73 Carlos Ruiz
2006—2017
17.5
CAREER
16.3
LONG PEAK
9.2
SHORT PEAK
15.8
PRIME
2.7
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
104.5
TOTAL
74 Kurt Suzuki
2007—2021
19.7
CAREER
17.9
LONG PEAK
9.8
SHORT PEAK
11.2
PRIME
0.4
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
102.8
TOTAL
75 Joe Ferguson
1970—1983
19.6
CAREER
18.2
LONG PEAK
12.2
SHORT PEAK
9.1
PRIME
3.5
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
101.8
TOTAL
76 Andy Seminick
1943—1957
18.5
CAREER
16.1
LONG PEAK
9.3
SHORT PEAK
12.9
PRIME
4.3
CHWAR
-0.9
ADJ
99.8
TOTAL
77 Earl Battey
1955—1967
17.0
CAREER
16.9
LONG PEAK
9.6
SHORT PEAK
12.5
PRIME
3.2
CHWAR
0.4
ADJ
98.8
TOTAL
78 Ernie Whitt
1976—1991
17.0
CAREER
16.9
LONG PEAK
8.2
SHORT PEAK
12.1
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
96.0
TOTAL
79 Quincy Trouppe
1930—1952
17.2
CAREER
13.9
LONG PEAK
9.8
SHORT PEAK
13.0
PRIME

CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
94.5
TOTAL
80 Bob O'Farrell
1915—1935
18.0
CAREER
14.1
LONG PEAK
10.3
SHORT PEAK
13.4
PRIME
3.6
CHWAR
-3.9
ADJ
94.3
TOTAL
81 Jody Davis
1981—1990
15.0
CAREER
16.0
LONG PEAK
9.0
SHORT PEAK
13.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
93.6
TOTAL
82 Muddy Ruel
1915—1934
17.8
CAREER
13.6
LONG PEAK
8.1
SHORT PEAK
13.9
PRIME
4.8
CHWAR
-3.9
ADJ
91.9
TOTAL
83 Alex Avila
2009—2021
17.1
CAREER
15.5
LONG PEAK
10.0
SHORT PEAK
10.0
PRIME
2.2
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
91.7
TOTAL
84 Miguel Montero
2006—2018
13.9
CAREER
14.9
LONG PEAK
11.2
SHORT PEAK
13.1
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
91.3
TOTAL
85 Hank Gowdy
1910—1930
21.6
CAREER
12.3
LONG PEAK
6.3
SHORT PEAK
11.6
PRIME
5.5
CHWAR
-4.4
ADJ
90.4
TOTAL
86 Paul LoDuca
1998—2008
13.4
CAREER
14.0
LONG PEAK
8.7
SHORT PEAK
14.9
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
89.6
TOTAL
87 Steve Yeager
1972—1986
16.7
CAREER
13.5
LONG PEAK
7.5
SHORT PEAK
11.2
PRIME
7.3
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
88.7
TOTAL
88 Benito Santiago
1986—2005
17.8
CAREER
12.1
LONG PEAK
6.1
SHORT PEAK
12.2
PRIME
2.6
CHWAR
1.0
ADJ
88.5
TOTAL
89 Clay Dalrymple
1960—1971
15.3
CAREER
13.5
LONG PEAK
9.5
SHORT PEAK
11.8
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.8
ADJ
88.0
TOTAL
90 Don Slaught
1982—1997
18.3
CAREER
13.6
LONG PEAK
6.7
SHORT PEAK
10.3
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
87.6
TOTAL
91 Brad Ausmus
1993—2010
15.8
CAREER
14.3
LONG PEAK
9.3
SHORT PEAK
10.5
PRIME
0.6
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
87.0
TOTAL
92 Bubbles Hargrave
1913—1930
14.7
CAREER
15.9
LONG PEAK
10.1
SHORT PEAK
11.4
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-3.4
ADJ
86.8
TOTAL
93 Yasmani Grandal
2012—2021
15.2
CAREER
13.3
LONG PEAK
7.3
SHORT PEAK
12.0
PRIME
5.5
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
85.4
TOTAL
94 Harry Danning
1933—1942
14.8
CAREER
14.1
LONG PEAK
9.0
SHORT PEAK
11.6
PRIME
1.3
CHWAR
-1.6
ADJ
85.1
TOTAL
95 Hank Severeid
1911—1926
17.4
CAREER
13.8
LONG PEAK
6.7
SHORT PEAK
11.7
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-4.2
ADJ
85.0
TOTAL
96 Stan Lopata
1948—1960
13.5
CAREER
14.3
LONG PEAK
8.7
SHORT PEAK
11.7
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
-0.2
ADJ
83.9
TOTAL
97 Mike Lieberthal
1994—2007
14.2
CAREER
13.7
LONG PEAK
8.5
SHORT PEAK
10.9
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
82.5
TOTAL
98 Ray Fosse
1967—1979
11.9
CAREER
14.0
LONG PEAK
9.9
SHORT PEAK
11.7
PRIME
3.1
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
82.0
TOTAL
99 Chris Iannetta
2006—2019
14.6
CAREER
14.9
LONG PEAK
8.5
SHORT PEAK
8.9
PRIME
0.0
CHWAR
0.0
ADJ
81.6
TOTAL
100 Sandy Alomar Jr.
1988—2007
13.9
CAREER
13.4
LONG PEAK
8.8
SHORT PEAK
8.6
PRIME
5.2
CHWAR
1.5
ADJ
79.1
TOTAL
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