Mike Liberthal retires from baseball

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Veteran catcher Mike Lieberthal has retired after a 14-year major league career.

MLB: Atlanta 6, LA Dodgers 4

ATLANTA, May 6 (UPI) -- Edgar Renteria had two hits and two RBI Sunday afternoon to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-4.

Phillies sign catcher Rod Barajas

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Catcher Rod Barajas has signed a one-year $2.5 million agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Mike Lieberthal joins the Dodgers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Veteran catcher Mike Lieberthal Wednesday reached a one-year contract agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Philadelphia 6, Chi. Cubs 2

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Brett Myers threw a complete-game six-hitter Wednesday night as Philadelphia beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-2.

MLB: Philadelphia 6, Houston 4

HOUSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Mike Lieberthal hit two homers and Ryan Howard hit his 57th of the season Sunday to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

MLB: Philadelphia 16, Atlanta 4

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Mike Lieberthal drove in four runs Saturday night as Philadelphia walloped Atlanta, 16-4, to get a doubleheader split.

MLB: Washington 6, Philadelphia 5 (10)

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Marlon Anderson scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday night as Washington edged Philadelphia, 6-5.

MLB: Philadelphia 10, Washington 6

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Ryan Howard equaled Philadelphia's single-season record Tuesday with his 48th homer as Philadelphia posted a 10-6 victory over Washington.

MLB: Philadelphia 12, Washington 10

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Abraham Nunez had two hits and four RBI Sunday afternoon to help Philadelphia out-score the Washington Nationals, 12-10.

MLB: Washington 6, Phildelphia 4

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and five RBI Friday night as Washington beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 8, Philadelphia 1

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Jose Reyes hit a grand slam home run Sunday night to help the New York Mets trounce Philadelphia, 8-1.

MLB: Philadelphia 11, Florida 5

PHILADELPHIA, July 30 (UPI) -- Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 30 games Sunday afternoon as Philadelphia beat Florida, 11-5, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

MLB: Philadelphia 5, Arizona 2

PHILADELPHIA, July 27 (UPI) -- Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 27 games with two hits Thursday afternoon as Philadelphia beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-2.

MLB: Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 1

PHILADELPHIA, July 23 (UPI) -- Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning Sunday night helping Atlanta beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-1.
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Mike Lieberthal
ATL97071503-15 JULY 1997-ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA: Philadelphia Phillies Mike Lieberthal (C) is congratulated by teammates Scott Rolen (L) and Rico Brogna on a three-run home run that capped off a si-run 6th inning against the Atlanta Braves, July 15 in Atlanta. The Phillies broke an 8 game losing streak to Atlanta by defeating the Braves 8-1. UPI jm/Jim Middleton

Michael Scott Lieberthal (born January 18, 1972, in Glendale, California), nicknamed Lieby, is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He batted and threw right-handed. In a 14-year career, Lieberthal played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1994-2006) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2007). He compiled a career batting average of .274, with 150 home runs and 610 runs batted in.

Lieberthal had a .310 batting average, a .381 on base percentage, and .510 slugging percentage lifetime against lefties.

Lieberthal was an all-American catcher at Westlake High School, and graduated in 1990. As a 4-11, 98-pound high school freshman, he played shortstop and second base. His coaches told him he was too small to catch. But as a junior he made the switch to catcher at the suggestion of pro scouts, including his father, Dennis, a scout for the Detroit Tigers (and formerly for the San Francisco Giants). Lieberthal established 2 single-season records that still stand at the high school: total bases (94) and home runs (14). He still holds career records at Westlake for at bats (289), runs (79), hits (105), and home runs (30).

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