There have been many outstanding catchers with the Detroit Tigers, but the three best are Mickey Cochrane, Bill Freehan and Lance Parrish.

Mickey Cochrane

Mickey Cochrane played for the Tigers from 1934-1938. He is considered one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. He was a 2x All-Star (1934,1935), 3x World Series Champion (1929,1930, and 1935). 2x Al MVP (1928and 1934). He also was an outstanding manager too.

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Bill Freehan

Bill Freehan was an outstanding catcher also. He was an 11x All-Star, World Series champion in 1968 and a 5x Gold Glove Award winner. His numbers are a little short for Cooperstown. He was the total package as a battery mate with Denny McClain and Mickey Lolich. Just an outstanding catcher who caught in 1,581 games.

Lance Parrish

Then there was Lance Parrish. He played from 1977-1986 with the Tigers. He was an 8x All Star, World Series champion in 1984, 3x Gold Glove Award winner, and a 6x Silver Slugger Award winner. Lance Parrish is sort of like Bill Freehan. Both outstanding in their own right but just not Hall of Famers.

These are the best catchers in Detroit Tigers history and folklore. If you disagree, please let me know.

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