Best Catchers of All Time in MLB

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The Best Catchers of All Time is the first of a series for KnupSports. In this article Tom lists his greatest players at each position. In doing this, we realize everyone has their own thoughts and opinions for what makes a player great. These can be argued for eternity.

The Best Catchers of All Time in baseball is the first of a series for KnupSports. In this article Tom lists his greatest players at each position. In doing this, we realize everyone has their own thoughts and opinions for what makes a player great. These can be argued for eternity.

One thing that happens is arguments are many times based on what we have seen in person and rate these players higher. When it comes to facts, we tend to pick and choose what we believe is important. Let’s begin this process and apologies if we offend you with our picks.

MLB 11 Best Catchers of All Time

Let’s dive into the 11 best catchers of all time one by one.

11. Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza, who played for the New York Mets primarily, was a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner at catcher.

Piazza produced some of the best offensive numbers at the catcher position over his career from 1992 to 2007. He recorded 427 home runs, 396 of which were hit as a catcher, an MLB record. That is along with a .308 batting average and 1,335 runs batted in.

If you exclude the strike-shortened 1994 season, Piazza hit at least 32 home runs in each of his first 10 full years in the majors. He also still managed to hit 27 home runs in 107 games. In his rookie year, he batted .318 with 35 home runs and 112 RBI in the process of winning the 1993 NL Rookie of the Year unanimously.

He ranks at the top of all catchers in history in Offensive WAR (Sabermetrics) with a 66.4 offensive WAR. Along with the WAR and homers, he also leads in OPS and slugging percentage out of all catchers.

Defensively he lacked compared to others on this list, but his offense more than made up for it.

Mike Piazza comes in as the #11 catcher on our top catchers list of all-time.
Aug 27, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; Former Major League Baseball catcher Mike Piazza chases a foul pop at the Mets Old Timers Day game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

10. Bill Dickey

He played for the Yankees from 1929-1943 and also managed them. During Dickey’s playing career, the Yankees went to the World Series nine times, winning eight championships. He was named to 11 All-Star Games. He went on to briefly manage the Yankees as a player-manager, then contribute to another six Yankee World Series titles as a coach.

Dickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. The 1941 season marked Dickey’s thirteenth year in which he caught at least 100 games, an MLB record. He also set a double play record and led AL catchers with a .994 fielding percentage. Dickey had a terrific season in 1943, batting .351 in 85 games and hitting the title-clinching home run in the 1943 World Series.

After the season, the 36-year-old Dickey was honored as the Player of the Year by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He retired after the 1943 season, having compiled 202 home runs, 1,209 RBIs, and a .313 batting average over his career. He was an eleven-time all-star and seven-time world champion and batted over .300 eleven times. His lifetime WAR is 59. 

9. Ted Simmons

Often overshadowed by his contemporary, Johnny Bench, Simmons is considered one of the best hitting MLB catchers in history. While his power numbers paled in comparison to Bench, Simmons still managed to hit for a higher batting average despite playing home games in a notoriously tough hitter’s park.

At the time of his retirement, Simmons led all catchers in career hits and doubles and ranked second in RBIs behind Yogi Berra and second in total bases behind Carlton Fisk. He also retired with the National League record for home runs by a switch-hitter despite playing several years in the American League. Simmons hit .300 seven different times, hit 20 home runs six times, and caught 122 shutouts, eighth-most all-time.

In a 21-year major league career, Simmons played in 2,456 games, accumulating 2,472 hits in 8,680 at bats for a .285 career batting average along with 248 home runs, 1,389 runs batted in and a .348 on-base percentage. He ended his career with a .986 fielding percentage.] An eight-time All-Star, he batted above .300 seven times, reached 20 home runs six times, and eight times exceeded 90 runs batted in.

He switch-hit home runs in a game three times and established a since-broken National League career record for home runs by a switch-hitter (182). Simmons held major league records for catchers with 2,472 career hits and 483 doubles, since broken by Iván Rodríguez. He ranks second all-time among catchers with 1,389 runs batted in and 10th with 248 home runs. He caught 122 shutouts in his career, ranking him eighth all-time among major league catchers. His lifetime WAR is 50.3.

Sep 8, 2021; Cooperstown, New York, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Ted Simmons makes his acceptance speech during the 2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

8. Yogi Berra

He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–1963, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 13 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in.

He is one of only six players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the best MLB catchers of all time and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Probably the most notable game of Berra’s playing career came when he caught Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the first of only three no-hitters, and lone “perfecto” ever thrown in MLB postseason play.

The picture of Berra leaping into Larsen’s arms following Dale Mitchell’s called third strike to end the game is one of the sport’s most memorable images. His lifetime WAR was 59.5.

7. Buster Posey

As a rookie, he finished with a .305 batting average, 18 home runs, and 67 runs batted in. He caught every inning of the playoffs as the Giants won the 2010 World Series. He was named the NL Rookie of the Year.

In 2011, after he was severely injured in a collision with the Florida Marlins’ Scott Cousins at home plate, Posey missed most of the year. The collision is widely seen as pushing Major League Baseball to adopt rule 7.13 in regards to blocking the plate prior to the 2014 season, informally known as the “Buster Posey Rule”.

Posey returned from his injury in 2012 and posted perhaps one of the greatest individual comeback seasons in sports history. He caught Matt Cain’s perfect game, batted .336 to win the 2012 NL batting title and was voted the 2012 NL MVP.

He won his second World Series that year, as the Giants swept the Detroit Tigers in four games. In 2013, Posey signed a franchise-record eight-year, $167 million contract extension with the Giants.

He won his third World Series the following year as the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals. Posey is the second player in MLB history, after Pete Rose, to win the Rookie of the Year, a League MVP, and three World Series championships. Posey played in four no-hitters in his career, catching three of them. In 2016, he won a Gold Glove Award.

In 1371 games over 12 seasons, Posey posted a .302 batting average (1500-for-4970) with 663 runs, 293 doubles, 158 home runs, 729 RBI, 540 walks, .372 on-base percentage, and .460 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .995 fielding percentage in 1093 games played as a catcher and a .995 fielding percentage in 229 games played at first base.

In 58 postseason games, he hit .252 (57-for-226) with 18 runs, 6 doubles, 5 home runs, 25 RBI and 23 walks.

May 17, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) catches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

6. Joe Mauer

Find Joe Mauer at sixth on the All-time greatest MLB catchers list. He spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Minnesota Twins. A six-time All-Star, Mauer is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles, and the only catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League (AL).

Mauer also won three consecutive Gold Glove Awards (2008–2010), five Silver Slugger Awards (including three in a row) and the 2009 AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. As of 2021, he is the most recent catcher to win (or even place in the top three in the voting) the MVP award in the American League.

In 1,858 games over 15 seasons, Mauer posted a .306 batting average (2,123-for-6,930) with 1,018 runs, 428 doubles, 30 triples, 143 home runs, 923 RBIs, 939 bases on balls, .388 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .996 fielding percentage playing at catcher and first base. Mauer had five career five-hit games and 23 four-hit games in his MLB career. His career WAR is 55.3. 

5. Carlton Fisk

In 1972, he was the first player to be unanimously voted American League (AL) Rookie of the Year. Fisk is best known for his game-winning home run in the 12th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, during which he memorably waved his arms hoping for the batted ball to remain fair.

At the time of his retirement, Fisk held the record for most home runs all-time by a catcher with 376 (since surpassed by Mike Piazza). He has held several age- or longevity-related records, including the record for most games played at the position of catcher with 2,226 (later surpassed by Iván Rodríguez, who also shared Fisk’s nickname “Pudge”).

Fisk still holds the AL record for most years served at the position . Fisk was voted to the All-Star team 11 times and won three Silver Slugger Awards which is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position. Fisk was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. 

For his career, Fisk caught a then-record 2,226 games over 24 seasons. Playing in 2,499 total games, Fisk also played 41 games in left field, 27 games at 1B and four games at 3B and was a DH for 166 games in his career. Overall he hit .269 with 376 home runs and 1,330 RBI in his career. His lifetime WAR was 65.7.

1975 World Series: Perez came home in a cloud of dust, but Boston’s Carlton Fisk took a throw from leftfielder Juan Beniquez to complete double play in first inning. The American League’s George Maloney is the acrobatic umpire, and Pete Rose is sliding into home.

4. Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez

He was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999. He won the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins and played in the 2006 World Series while with the Tigers. In 2009, he set an MLB record by catching his 2,227th game, passing Carlton Fisk. He had the best career caught-stealing percentage of any major league catcher, at 45.68% (versus a league average of 31%), and he had nine seasons with a caught-stealing rate of 50% or higher.[3] Only one major league catcher (Yadier Molina) has more putouts.

In 2017, Rodríguez was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 76% of the votes cast. n 2,543 games over 21 seasons, Rodríguez posted a .296 batting average (2,844-for-9,592) with 1,354 runs, 572 doubles, 51 triples, 311 home runs, 1,332 RBI, 127 stolen bases, 513 bases on balls, .334 on-base percentage and .464 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .991 fielding percentage. In 40 postseason games, he hit .255 (39-for-153) with 17 runs, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 25 RBI and 14 walks.

3. Gary Carter

Over a nineteen-year major league career Carter was an eleven-time All-Star, won three Gold Glove Awards, and five Silver Sluggers. He played in 2,296 games, accumulating 2,092 hits in 7,971 at bats for a .262 career batting average, along with 324 home runs, 1,225 runs batted in, and a .335 on-base percentage. He hit 307 home runs as a catcher, ranking him seventh all-time at the position. His 1,225 career runs batted in also ranks him seventh all-time among major league catchers.

Carter’s 2,056 games played as a catcher rank him fourth on the all-time list.He caught 127 shutouts during his career, ranking him sixth all-time among MLB catchers in that category. He led National League catchers eight times in putouts, five times in assists and three times in baserunners caught stealing.

His 810 baserunners caught stealing are the most for any major league catcher since the end of the dead-ball era, when stolen bases were more prevalent. His 11,785 putouts and 149 double plays during his playing career both rank tenth all-time among major league catchers.

Carter’s .991 career fielding percentage was five points above the league average during his playing career.  When he broke the 100 assists barrier in 1977, he joined Johnny Bench and Jim Sundberg as the only major league catchers to have more than 100 assists in a season since the end of World War II.

In all, Carter amassed the second-highest career WAR for a catcher during his career.

Mets’ Gary Carter hits a sacrifice fly that scored Lee Mazzilli in the 8th inning during Game 6 of the World Series at Shea Stadium Oct. 25, 1986.

2. Gabby Hartnett

Prior to Johnny Bench, Hartnett was considered the greatest catcher in the history of the National League. A six-time All-Star, he appeared in four World Series during his playing career. At the time of his retirement, Hartnett held the career records for catchers in home runs, runs batted in, hits, doubles and most games played as a catcher. Hartnett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

Hartnett’s 236 home runs, 1,179 runs batted in, 1,912 hits, and 396 doubles were all records for catchers. Bill Dickey surpassed his records for most runs batted in and hits in 1943, while his career home run record for catchers was broken by Yogi Berra in 1956. His career mark for doubles stood until 1983 when it was broken by Ted Simmons. Hartnett also finished among the National League’s top ten in slugging percentage seven times in his career. A six-time All-Star, he was the recipient of one Most Valuable Player Award and played on four pennant-winning teams.

Hartnett’s .370 career on-base percentage was higher than the .342 posted by Johnny Bench and the .348 posted by Yogi Berra. His 56.11% career caught stealing percentage ranks second to Roy Campanella among major league catchers.  Hartnett’s bat and catcher’s mask were the first artifacts sent to the newly constructed Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.

In his book, The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, baseball historian Bill James ranked Hartnett 9th all-time among major league catchers.

1. Johnny Bench

A fourteen-time All-Star and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, Bench excelled on offense as well as on defense, twice leading the National League in home runs and three times in runs batted in. At the time of his retirement in 1983, he held the major league record for most home runs hit by a catcher. He was also the first catcher in history to lead the league in home runs. He hit 45 home runs in 1970, which was a single-season record for catchers until Salvador Perez hit 48 in 2021. His 389 home runs and 1,376 runs batted in remain the most in Cincinnati Reds history. 

On defense, Bench was a ten-time Gold Glove Award winner who skillfully handled pitching staffs and possessed a strong, accurate throwing arm.  He caught 100 or more games for 13 consecutive seasons. In 1986, Bench was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.  ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history. 

He retired as the career home run leader for catchers, a record which stood until surpassed by Carlton Fisk and the current record holder, Mike Piazza. Bench still holds the Major League record for the most grand slam home runs by a catcher, with 10. In his career, Bench earned 10 Gold Gloves, was named to the National League All-Star team 14 times, and won two Most Valuable Player Awards.

He led the National League three times in caught stealing percentage and ended his career with a .990 fielding percentage at catcher and an overall .987 fielding percentage. He caught 118 shutouts during his career, ranking him 12th best catchers of all time in MLB. Bench also won such awards as the Lou Gehrig Award (1975), the Babe Ruth Award (1976), and the Hutch Award (1981).

Former Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench waives while standing next to the Joe Morgan plaque from the Baseball Hall of Fame on Joe Morgan Day before MLB baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Just Outside to Top 11

Yadier Molina, Wally Scheng, Roy Campanella, Thurman Munson

That’s a glance at our 11 best catchers of all time. Hopefully you enjoyed that. We will continue to update this list from time to time as new catchers emerge.

But that’s not it, we also want to take a look at the top catchers by decade as well. So let’s keep this train rolling.

Best Catchers in MLB History BY DECADE

Many times, sports fans are trying to compare players to determine which was better. That is a fruitless endeavor.

It really can’t or isn’t fair to judge players from other eras of baseball. The best we can do is compare them in the same decade. Here is my list — do you agree?

1870’s Best Catcher – Deacon White

White was born James Laurie White and received the nickname Deacon was born on December 2., 1847 and died on July 7, 1939. He was the best catcher of his time which was done barehanded and he caught more games in the decade than any other catcher. Deacon was part of five championships from 1873-1877. He was a major part in baseball having a National League as he jumped ship to the new league to give it credibility. He finished his 19 year career with 2074 hits and a lifetime .312 average. Along with 998 runs batted in.

1880’s Best Catcher – Buck Ewing

Was born as William Ewing on October 17, 1859 and died on October 20, 1906. He was an American Major League Baseball player and was renowned for his offensive and defensive skills, he was the first catcher elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Buck hit 71. Buck hit 71 career home runs and drove in 887 runs and had a lifetime batting average of .303.

1890’s Best Catcher – Deacon McGuire

James Thomas McGuire was born on November 18, 1863 and died on October 31, 1936. The players gave him the nickname “Deacon” because he didn’t drink alcohol or carouse around after games. His career spanned the years 1883 to 1915.

He played 26 seasons in Major League Baseball, principally as a catcher, for 11 different major league clubs. His longest stretches were with the Washington Statesmen/Senators (901 games, 1892–99), Brooklyn Superbas (202 games, 1899–1901) and New York Highlanders (225 games, 1904–07). He played on Brooklyn teams that won National League pennants in 1899 and 1900.

McGuire was the most durable catcher of his era, setting major league catching records for most career games caught (1,612), putouts (6,856), assists (1,860), double plays turned (143), runners caught stealing (1,459), and stolen bases allowed (2,529). His assist, caught stealing, and stolen bases allowed totals remain current major league records.

During his major league career, he also compiled a .278 batting average, .341 on-base percentage, 770 runs scored, 1,750 hits, 300 doubles, 79 triples, 45 home runs, 840 RBIs and 118 stolen bases. His best season was 1895 when he caught a major league record 133 games and compiled a .336 batting average with 10 home runs, 97 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. When McGuire quit playing baseball, his hands were mangled and crooked from catching barehanded for so many seasons.

1900’s Best Catcher – Chief Meyers

Born John Tortes Meyers on July 29, 1880 and died on July 25, 1971. He was an American Major League Baseball catcher for the New York Giants, Boston Braves, and Brooklyn Robins from 1909 to 1917. He played on the early Giants teams under manager John McGraw and was the primary catcher for Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson.

Meyers hit over .300 for three straight years as the Giants won three straight National League pennants from 1911 to 1913. Overall, he played in four World Series – the 1911, 1912, and 1913 Series with the Giants, as well as the 1916 Series with the Robins. Meyers was a Native American, that is where the nickname “Chief” came from, from the Cahuilla culture of California, and he was educated at Dartmouth College. He finished his career with .291 batting average.

1910’s Best Catcher – Wally Schang

He was born as Walter Henry Schang on August 22, 1889 in South Wales, New York and died on March 6. 1965in St. Louis, Missouri. Wally played in the major leagues from 1913 through 1931 for five different teams. He was 5’10” and 180lbs but his reputation was primarily as a defensive backstop.

He caught in the Deadball Era and was responsible for receiving emery balls, spitballs,knuckleballs and all the other funky pitches of the decade. He handled them very well. In 1916, he became the first player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game. Wally finished with a .284 lifetime batting average.

1920’s Best Catcher – Mickey Cochrane

Gordon Stanley “Mickey” Cochrane was born on April 6, 1903 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and died on June 28, 1962 in Lake Forest, Illinois. He played in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics as a catcher from 1925-1937.

As a collegiate player, he attended Boston University and was a multi-sport athlete in baseball,basketball and football.He chose baseball and spent one year (1925) in the minor leagues. He was named MVP 0f the American League in 1928 and was involved in two World Series. In his career, Cochrane hit .330 which is still a record among catchers.

He finished his career in 1937 when he suffered a head injury from a pitched ball. In 1999, he was named the 65th best player ever by The Sporting News.

1930’s Best Catcher – Bill Dickey

Born as Wiliam Malcomb Dickey on June 6, 1907 in Bastrop, Louisiana and died on November 12, 1993 in Little Rock, Arkansas.He was a catcher for 19 seasons for the New York Yankees. In his playing career, the Yankees were in nine World Series and won eight championships. Dickey was selected to eleven All-Star Games.

He also was a player-manager in his last season in 1946. It is stated that he coached his heir apparent Yogi Berra on some of the finer aspects of being a regular catcher in the major leagues. He also coached them in six more World Series.

1940’s Best Catcher – Walker Cooper

William Walker Cooper was born on January 8, 1915 in Atherton, Missouri and died on April 11, 1991 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a catcher from 1940-1957 with most of those were with the St. Louis Cardinals. In that time, he helped lead them to two World Series titles. Cooper was named an All-Star eight times in his career.

He was known as one of the top catchers in baseball during the 1940s and early 1950s. He completed his career with 812 runs batted in and a .285 batting average along with 173 home runs.

1950’s Best Catcher – Roy Campanella

Was born on November 19, 1921 and died on June 26, 1993 to an African-American mother and an Italian father. His nickname became “Campy. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 1948 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom he played until 1957.

His playing career ended when he was paralyzed in an automobile accident in January 1958. He is considered one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game. He was a 3-time all-Star selection (1951,1953,1955).

Also, He was part of the 1958 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers. Campanella was the National League MVP in 1951,1953, and 1955. He led the NL in RBI’s in 1958 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969..

1960’s Best Catcher – Joe Torre

Was born Joseph Paul Torre Jr. in New York City on July 18, 1940 and has held several positions in the Commissioner of Baseball’s office since his playing days ended. He made his major league playing debut in 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves but spent most playing time with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Torre’s professional baseball career began as a player in 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves, as a catcher and first baseman. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals (for whom he played primarily third base) and the New York. He was a nine time All-Star and was the winner of the National League MVPin 1971 by leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in. His most success came as a manager. He ranks as the fifth with the most wins in history.

After qualifying for the playoffs just once while managing the Mets, Braves, and Cardinals (leading the Braves to the 1982 NL West title, before losing in the NLCS), Torre’s greatest success came as manager of the Yankees. His Yankee clubs compiled a .605 regular-season winning percentage and made the playoffs every year, winning four World Series titles, six AL pennants, and ten AL East division titles. In 1996 and 1998, he was the AL Manager of the Year. He also won two NL West division titles with the Dodgers, for a total of 13 division titles. In 2014, Torre was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mar 18, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Yankees former manger Joe Torre brings out the lineup card for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

1970’s Best Catcher – Johnny Bench

John Lee Bench was (born on December 7, 1947 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and many consider him to be the best major league catcher to ever play the game. He played from 1967-1983 for the Cincinnati Reds and was considered the leader of the Big Red Machine. They dominated the league and won six division titles along with four National League pennants and two World Championships.

He led the league twice in home runs and three times in runs batted in. He was named an All-Star fourteen times and was named National League MVP twice. He was also a great defensive catcher and was awarded ten Gold Glove Awards for his skill in handling the pitching staff and he has an accurate throwing arm.

1990’s Best Catcher – Mike Piazza

Michael Joseph Piazza was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1968. He played from 1992-2007. For those 16 years, he suited up for the Mets and Dodgers with brief stints in between. He was a 12-time All-Star and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner at catcher, Piazza produced strong offensive numbers at his position; in his career, he had a .308 batting average along with 427 home runs—a record 396 of which were hit as catcher and 1,335 runs batted in (RBI).

2000’s Best Catcher – Jorge Posada

Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta was born in San Juan Puerto Rico on August 17, 1970. He spent 17 years in the major leagues for the New York Yankees. In his career. He drove in 1065 runs, hit 275 home runs and has a .273 batting average. He was a switch hitter that was named as an All-Star five times
along with winning the Silver Slugger award nine times and played on four World Series championship teams.

In 2003, he finished third in the MVP voting for the American League. At the age of 37, he batted .338 for the Yankees. In his career, he became only the fifth catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 RBIs in a career.

From 2000 to 2011, he compiled more RBIs and home runs than any other catcher in baseball. He is the only MLB catcher to ever bat .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs, and 90 RBIs in a single season.

Sep 30, 2011; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada (right) catches the ceremonial pitch from relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (left) before game one of the 2011 ALDS against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

2010’s Best Catcher – Buster Posey

Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey III was born March 27, 1987 in Leesburg, Georgia and attended Florida State University.

He spent his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the San Francisco Giants, from 2009 until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2021 season. In September 2022, Posey joined the Giants’ ownership group.

In his brief but illustrious career, he won the 2012 batting title at .338. He also was a 5 time Silver Slugger award winner, along with a Gold Glove in 2016 and was part of three World Series. Buster finished his career with a .302 batting average with 258 home runs and 729 runs batted in. He was named to the National League all-Star team seven times.

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