Each year the gold glove award is given out to the top defensive players in the major leagues.
This article takes a deep dive into catchers to win gold gloves, with a focus on some of the most recent gold glove catchers in the game.
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Gold Glove Catchers in Major League Baseball (MLB)
Every season the gold glove award is given to the best defensive player at each position across both the American League (AL) and National League (NL).
Winning a gold glove award is an honor and it often stands as one of the top achievements in a player's career.
In this article, we take a look at some of the best defensive catchers in the game in recent memory.
Specifically, we highlight every AL and NL catcher to win a gold glove award over the last six years.
We also examine a few other key facts and topics related to catchers and the gold glove award.
MLB Gold Glove Catchers Over the Last Six Seasons
AL Winner: Martin Maldonado
Martin Maldonado played in 137 games (1,146 innings) behind the plate for the 2017 Los Angeles Angels.
In over 1,100 chances, he maintained a .998 fielding percentage. Maldonado threw out 29 runners attempting to steal, good for a 39% caught stealing percentage (CS%), a full 12 percentage points higher than the league average.
He led league catchers in 2017 in putouts (1,046), assists (65), fielding percentage, defensive games, runners caught stealing, and more.
NL Winner: Tucker Barnhart
In 2017, Tucker Barnhart was a rock behind the plate for the Cincinnati Reds.
In 926 innings caught, he had a .999 fielding percentage. He also threw out a league leading 44% of runners attempting to steal.
His defense was so good that season that Barnhart led the entire NL - across all positions - with a defensive WAR (dWAR) of 3.1.
AL Winner: Salvador Perez
Salvador Perez played 831 innings of errorless ball behind the plate for the 2018 Kansas City Royals.
Salvy also did an incredible job of throwing out runners in 2018. His 48% caught stealing percentage was a full 20% higher than the league average that year.
He also led the league in 2018 in key categories like fielding percentage (1.000) and double plays turned by a catcher (11).
NL Winner: Yadier Molina
Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals kept a league leading .998 fielding percentage over 121 defensive games as a catcher in 2018.
The Cardinals backstop had 966 putouts, 42 assists, two pickoffs, and 12 runners caught stealing (31% CS%) that season.
AL Winner: Roberto Perez
While Roberto Perez has never been a phenomenal big league hitter, he’s always shined playing behind the plate.
Perez won his first gold glove award with the Cleveland Indians in 2019. That year, he had a .997 fielding percentage and a league high 41% caught stealing percentage.
Perez also led league catchers in 2019 in putouts (1,082), double plays turned (12) and total zone runs (14).
NL Winner: J.T. Realmuto
J.T. Realmuto won his first gold glove award in 2019, which happened to be his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 133 games behind the plate that season, Realmuto had a .992 fielding percentage.
He gunned down an MLB leading 47% of runners attempting to steal that season, which was an impressive 21 percentage points higher than the league average.
AL Winner: Roberto Perez
Roberto Perez captured his second consecutive AL gold glove award in 2019 with the Cleveland Indians.
During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Perez had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.
He also led the majors that season with an incredible 71% CS%.
NL Winner: Tucker Barnhart
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart won his second career gold glove award in 2020.
Like Perez, he maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage behind the dish.
He threw out 36% of runners attempting to steal and he led league catchers with a 9.89 range factor/game that season.
AL Winner: Sean Murphy
Former Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy had an excellent season behind the dish in 2021.
In 112 games caught that season, Murphy had a solid .993 fielding percentage and a 24% caught stealing percentage.
He also collected 873 putouts and 42 assists, and he turned six double plays.
NL Winner: Jacob Stallings
Catcher Jacob Stallings won his first gold glove award in 2021 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stalling had a .995 fielding percentage in 892 innings behind the plate that year.
He also had a 21% CS% in 2021 and finished in the top five among NL catchers in assists, range factor/game and dWAR.
AL Winner: Jose Trevino
Jose Trevino of the New York Yankees won his first gold glove award in 2022. He was such a stud behind the plate that he also won the Platinum Glove for the AL!
During the 2022 season Trevino caught 820.1 innings and maintained a .993 fielding percentage and a 33.3 caught stealing percentage. He was also named to his first all star game that season.
He led all AL catchers with 8 total zone runs, and he finished in the top five among league catchers in categories like defensive games, range factor/9 and CS%.
NL Winner: J.T. Realmuto
J.T. Realmuto won his second ever Gold Glove with the Phillies in 2022.
He maintained a .993 fielding percentage across 1,131.2 innings behind the dish in 2022. He also threw out an MLB-best 30 runners caught stealing and led the majors with an incredible 44.1 CS%.
In 2022, Realmuto led all NL catchers in defensive games, putouts, double plays turned, total zone runs, and more. He was also a force at the plate that season and earned a silver slugger award.
Other Details About Catchers and Gold Gloves
Who Won the First Gold Glove as a Catcher?
The gold glove award was first given out in 1957. For that season, it was given to only the nine best players regardless of league.
Every season thereafter, separate awards were given to the best players at each position in each league.
The first catcher to win a gold glove award was Sherm Lollar of the Chicago White Sox.
Lollar won the inaugural gold glove in 1957, and he won it again in both 1958 and 1959 as the AL's best defensive catcher.
In 1,571 career MLB games as a catcher, Lollar had a .992 fielding percentage and a 47% caught stealing percentage, higher than the league's average during this period.
Who Has the Most Gold Gloves as a Catcher?
Many different catchers have won a gold glove award since it was first given out in 1957.
The player who has won the most gold gloves by a catcher is hall of famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. He won a total of 13 gold gloves as a catcher.
Even though Pudge played for a total of six teams during his career, in both the AL and NL, all of his gold gloves came when he was in the AL (with the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers).
Have any Catchers won a Platinum Glove Award?
Beginning in 2011, Rawlings began to issue the Platinum Glove award to the top overall defensive player in each league.
Since that time, only two catchers have won the award - and one of the two catchers has won it multiple times.
Any guesses who the multiple Platinum Glove catcher is?
Yadi has won four Platinum Glove awards (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015).
His four awards are second only to Nolan Arenado all time.
In 2022, Jose Trevino became the second catcher to win a Platinum Glove award thanks to his stellar defense with the Yankees.
How Many Gold Gloves Does Yadier Molina Have?
Yadier Molina is the most decorated defensive catcher in modern times.
In addition to his many all star game selections and two World Series championships, Yadi has earned a large number of gold gloves.
In fact, Yadi has won approximately nine gold glove awards over the course of his big league career.
When combined, Yadier Molina has won a total of 13 gold and platinum glove awards.
List of All Gold Glove Catchers in MLB History
The following table lists all gold glove catchers since the gold glove award was first given out back in 1957. Tables are split out by league.
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National League Winners
|1958||Del Crandall||Milwaukee Braves|
|1959||Del Crandall||Milwaukee Braves|
|1960||Del Crandall||Milwaukee Braves|
|1961||Johnny Roseboro||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1962||Del Crandall||Milwaukee Braves|
|1963||Johnny Edwards||Cincinnati Reds|
|1964||Johnny Edwards||Cincinnati Reds|
|1965||Joe Torre||Milwaukee Braves|
|1966||Johnny Roseboro||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1967||Randy Hundley||Chicago Cubs|
|1968||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1969||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1970||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1971||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1972||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1973||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1974||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1975||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1976||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1977||Johnny Bench||Cincinnati Reds|
|1978||Bob Boone||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1979||Bob Boone||Philadelphia Phillies|
|1980||Gary Carter||Montréal Expos|
|1981||Gary Carter||Montréal Expos|
|1982||Gary Carter||Montréal Expos|
|1983||Tony Peña||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1984||Tony Peña||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1985||Tony Peña||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1986||Jody Davis||Chicago Cubs|
|1987||Mike LaValliere||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|1988||Benito Santiago||San Diego Padres|
|1989||Benito Santiago||San Diego Padres|
|1990||Benito Santiago||San Diego Padres|
|1991||Tom Pagnozzi||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1992||Tom Pagnozzi||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1993||Kirt Manwaring||San Francisco Giants|
|1994||Tom Pagnozzi||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1995||Charles Johnson||Florida Marlins|
|1996||Charles Johnson||Florida Marlins|
|1997||Charles Johnson||Florida Marlins|
|1998||Charles Johnson||Florida Marlins and LA Dodgers|
|1999||Mike Lieberthal||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2000||Mike Matheny||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2001||Brad Ausmus||Houston Astros|
|2002||Brad Ausmus||Houston Astros|
|2003||Mike Matheny||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2004||Mike Matheny||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2005||Mike Matheny||San Francisco Giants|
|2006||Brad Ausmus||Houston Astros|
|2007||Russell Martin||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|2008||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2009||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2010||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2011||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2012||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2013||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2014||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2015||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2016||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|2017||Tucker Barnhart||Cincinnati Reds|
|2018||Yadier Molina||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2019||J. T. Realmuto||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2020||Tucker Barnhart||Cincinnati Reds|
|2021||Jacob Stallings||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2022||J. T. Realmuto||Philadelphia Phillies|
American League Winners
|1957 (combined leagues)||Sherm Lollar||Chicago White Sox|
|1958||Sherm Lollar||Chicago White Sox|
|1959||Sherm Lollar||Chicago White Sox|
|1960||Earl Battey||Washington Senators|
|1961||Earl Battey||Minnesota Twins|
|1962||Earl Battey||Minnesota Twins|
|1963||Elston Howard||New York Yankees|
|1964||Elston Howard||New York Yankees|
|1965||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers|
|1966||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers|
|1967||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers|
|1968||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers|
|1969||Bill Freehan||Detroit Tigers|
|1970||Ray Fosse||Cleveland Indians|
|1971||Ray Fosse||Cleveland Indians|
|1972||Carlton Fisk||Boston Red Sox|
|1973||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees|
|1974||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees|
|1975||Thurman Munson||New York Yankees|
|1976||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1977||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1978||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1979||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1980||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1981||Jim Sundberg||Texas Rangers|
|1982||Bob Boone||California Angels|
|1983||Lance Parrish||Detroit Tigers|
|1984||Lance Parrish||Detroit Tigers|
|1985||Lance Parrish||Detroit Tigers|
|1986||Bob Boone||California Angels|
|1987||Bob Boone||California Angels|
|1988||Bob Boone||California Angels|
|1989||Bob Boone||Kansas City Royals|
|1990||Sandy Alomar, Jr.||Cleveland Indians|
|1991||Tony Peña||Boston Red Sox|
|1992||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1993||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1994||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1995||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1996||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1997||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1998||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|1999||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|2000||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|2001||Iván Rodríguez||Texas Rangers|
|2002||Bengie Molina||Anaheim Angels|
|2003||Bengie Molina||Anaheim Angels|
|2004||Iván Rodríguez||Detroit Tigers|
|2005||Jason Varitek||Boston Red Sox|
|2006||Iván Rodríguez||Detroit Tigers|
|2007||Iván Rodríguez||Detroit Tigers|
|2008||Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins|
|2009||Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins|
|2010||Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins|
|2011||Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles|
|2012||Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles|
|2013||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals|
|2014||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals|
|2015||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals|
|2016||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals|
|2017||Martin Maldonado||Los Angeles Angels|
|2018||Salvador Pérez||Kansas City Royals|
|2019||Roberto Pérez||Cleveland Indians|
|2020||Roberto Pérez||Cleveland Indians|
|2021||Sean Murphy||Oakland Athletics|
|2022||Jose Trevino||New York Yankees|
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