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Mike Lieberthal    \LEE-ber-thal\

Michael Scott Lieberthal (Lieby)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.

Born: January 18, 1972 in Glendale, CA
High School: Westlake HS (Westlake Village, CA)
Drafted
by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1990 amateur draft.
Signed June 4, 1990. (All Transactions)
Debut: June 30, 1994 (Age 22)
Teams (by GP): Phillies/Dodgers 1994-2007
Agents: Arn Tellem [*]
Final Game: September 22, 2007 (Age 35)
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Fine Details  · Last updated Apr 19, 2014 5:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #997. Braggo Roth… #998. Gary Matthews… #999. Ed Swartwood… #1000. MIKE LIEBERTHAL… #1001. Al Cowens… #1002. Aaron Rowand… #1003. Bruce Campbell… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1994 22 PHI NL 24 84 79 6 21 3 1 1 5 0 0 3 5 .266 .301 .367 .668 72 29 4 1 1 0 0 2
1995 23 PHI NL 16 54 47 1 12 2 0 0 4 0 0 5 5 .255 .327 .298 .625 68 14 1 0 2 0 0 2
1996 24 PHI NL 50 182 166 21 42 8 0 7 23 0 0 10 30 .253 .297 .428 .724 90 71 4 2 0 4 0 2
1997 25 PHI NL 134 510 455 59 112 27 1 20 77 3 4 44 76 .246 .314 .442 .755 96 201 10 4 0 7 1 *2/D
1998 26 PHI NL 86 342 313 39 80 15 3 8 45 2 1 17 44 .256 .304 .399 .703 82 125 4 7 0 5 1 2
1999 27 PHI NL 145 574 510 84 153 33 1 31 96 0 0 44 86 .300 .363 .551 .914 124 281 15 11 1 8 7 *2 AS,GG
2000 28 PHI NL 108 438 389 55 108 30 0 15 71 2 0 40 53 .278 .352 .470 .822 106 183 12 6 0 3 3 2 AS
2001 29 PHI NL 34 136 121 21 28 8 0 2 11 0 0 12 21 .231 .316 .347 .663 74 42 2 3 0 0 2 2
2002 30 PHI NL 130 530 476 46 133 29 2 15 52 0 1 38 58 .279 .349 .443 .792 113 211 16 14 0 2 2 *2
2003 31 PHI NL 131 561 508 68 159 30 1 13 81 0 0 38 59 .313 .373 .453 .825 121 230 14 12 0 3 2 *2
2004 32 PHI NL 131 529 476 58 129 31 1 17 61 1 1 37 69 .271 .335 .447 .783 97 213 19 11 1 4 2 *2
2005 33 PHI NL 118 443 392 48 103 25 0 12 47 0 0 35 35 .263 .336 .418 .755 93 164 6 11 0 5 14 *2
2006 34 PHI NL 67 230 209 22 57 14 0 9 36 0 0 8 19 .273 .316 .469 .784 94 98 5 6 5 2 0 2
2007 35 LAD NL 38 82 77 6 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 .234 .280 .260 .540 41 20 2 1 0 0 0 2/D
14 Yrs 1212 4695 4218 534 1155 257 10 150 610 8 7 335 571 .274 .337 .446 .783 101 1882 114 89 10 43 34
162 Game Avg. 162 628 564 71 154 34 1 20 82 1 1 45 76 .274 .337 .446 .783 101 252 15 12 1 6 5
PHI (13 yrs) 1174 4613 4141 528 1137 255 10 150 609 8 7 331 560 .275 .338 .450 .788 102 1862 112 88 10 43 34
LAD (1 yr) 38 82 77 6 18 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 .234 .280 .260 .540 41 20 2 1 0 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1994 22 PHI NL 24 84 -1 0 -0 -3 1 -3 -0.3 3 -0 -0.1 .487 .498 0.2 -0.2 2 $109,000 2
1995 23 PHI NL 16 54 -2 -0 -0 -2 1 -4 -0.4 2 -2 -0.3 .474 .497 -0.1 -0.1 -0 $109,000 2
1996 24 PHI NL 50 182 -3 -1 0 1 3 0 -0.1 6 6 0.5 .500 .500 0.4 0.3 5 $125,000 2
1997 25 PHI NL 134 510 -4 -2 1 -1 7 1 -0.0 16 17 1.5 .501 .501 1.6 0.6 18 $215,000 *2/D
1998 26 PHI NL 86 342 -9 -1 0 2 5 -3 -0.4 11 8 0.7 .497 .498 0.5 0.6 6 $1,200,000 2
1999 27 PHI NL 145 574 15 -2 -2 0 8 19 1.7 18 37 3.4 .513 .511 3.4 0.7 37 $2,250,000 *2 AS,GG
2000 28 PHI NL 108 438 4 -1 -2 5 6 12 1.1 14 26 2.4 .511 .507 1.9 1.0 21 $4,833,333 2 AS
2001 29 PHI NL 34 136 -5 -0 -0 1 2 -2 -0.3 4 2 0.1 .493 .498 0.0 0.3 1 $6,333,333 2
2002 30 PHI NL 130 530 11 -2 -1 -3 8 13 1.2 17 29 2.9 .510 .508 3.2 0.4 32 $7,333,333 *2
2003 31 PHI NL 131 561 16 -2 -1 -9 8 12 1.1 17 30 2.8 .510 .508 3.7 -0.1 39 $7,250,000 *2
2004 32 PHI NL 131 529 -3 -2 -3 -9 8 -9 -1.0 16 8 0.6 .493 .494 1.5 -0.2 16 $7,500,000 *2
2005 33 PHI NL 118 443 -4 -2 1 -14 7 -12 -1.3 14 1 0.0 .489 .492 1.5 -0.7 15 $7,500,000 *2
2006 34 PHI NL 67 230 2 -1 -0 -1 4 3 0.3 7 10 0.9 .504 .502 1.0 0.2 11 $7,500,000 2
2007 35 LAD NL 38 82 -7 -0 -0 1 1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.4 0.2 -4 $1,150,000 2/D
14 Seasons 1212 4695 9 -16 -7 -32 69 22 1.0 146 168 15.2 .502 .502 18.7 3.0 200 $53,407,999
PHI (13 yrs) 1174 4613 15 -16 -7 -33 68 27 1.5 143 170 15.5 .502 .502 19.0 2.8 203 $52,257,999
LAD (1 yr) 38 82 -7 -0 -0 1 1 -5 -0.5 3 -2 -0.3 .486 .497 -0.4 0.2 -4 $1,150,000

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1994 PHI NL 22 C 22 21 21 185.0 130 122 4 4 0 .969 -3 -19 6.13 5.73 .991 7.10 7.05 2 8 14 2 13% 32% 0
1995 PHI NL 23 C 14 13 13 116.2 106 95 10 1 1 .991 -2 -21 8.10 7.50 .989 7.41 7.37 7 6 15 4 21% 30% 0
1996 PHI NL 24 C 43 41 41 366.1 307 284 20 3 4 .990 1 3 7.47 7.07 .989 7.50 7.45 0 19 21 12 36% 28% 0
1997 PHI NL 25 C 129 119 113 1059.0 1019 934 73 12 8 .988 -1 -1 8.56 7.81 .990 7.68 7.62 12 49 75 40 35% 32% 2
1997 PHI NL 25 DH 1 1
1998 PHI NL 26 C 83 78 77 706.0 656 607 41 8 5 .988 2 3 8.26 7.81 .990 7.51 7.47 5 27 33 18 35% 32% 1
1999 PHI NL 27 C 143 138 119 1191.1 946 881 62 3 12 .997 0 0 7.12 6.59 .990 7.41 7.35 11 59 66 31 32% 29% 2 AS,GG
2000 PHI NL 28 C 106 102 93 896.0 769 724 40 5 4 .993 5 7 7.67 7.21 .990 7.45 7.38 2 31 44 29 40% 32% 0 AS
2001 PHI NL 29 C 33 33 31 283.2 254 243 9 2 3 .992 1 4 8.00 7.64 .992 7.74 7.65 0 5 9 5 36% 33% 0
2002 PHI NL 30 C 129 126 121 1127.1 902 840 56 6 8 .993 -3 -3 7.15 6.95 .991 7.53 7.47 7 56 51 28 35% 32% 0
2003 PHI NL 31 C 131 129 126 1143.2 921 868 44 9 2 .990 -12 -9 -13 -10 7.18 6.96 .992 7.33 7.26 11 48 84 19 18% 31% 0
2004 PHI NL 32 C 129 123 116 1104.0 908 859 43 6 7 .993 -4 -9 -4 -9 7.35 6.99 .993 7.45 7.40 6 34 74 20 21% 28% 2
2005 PHI NL 33 C 117 113 105 998.2 858 808 44 6 5 .993 -3 -14 -4 -17 7.68 7.28 .992 7.26 7.16 7 23 63 17 21% 29% 1
2006 PHI NL 34 C 60 56 46 484.0 465 428 33 4 2 .991 2 -1 5 -2 8.57 7.68 .992 7.37 7.32 4 20 29 18 38% 28% 0
2007 LAD NL 35 C 31 17 14 167.0 150 136 11 3 3 .980 0 1 0 9 7.92 4.74 .991 7.39 7.36 0 4 14 5 26% 25% 0
2007 LAD NL 35 DH 1 0
14 Seasons C 1170 1109 1036 9828.2 8391 7829 490 72 64 .991 -17 -31 -2 -9 7.62 7.11 .991 7.45 7.39 74 389 592 248 30% 30% 8
14 Seasons TOT 1170 1109 1036 9828.2 8391 7829 490 72 64 .991 -17 -31 -2 -9 7.62 7.11 .991 7.45 7.39 74 389 592 248 30% 30% 8
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Gold Gloves
1999 NL (C)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1999 NL  11 (8th)
2002 NL  14 (5th)
2003 NL  12 (8th)
Career  89 (116th)

Sacrifice Flies s c a p y
1999 NL  8 (8th)

Intentional Bases on Balls s c a p y
2005 NL  14 (6th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1997 NL  129 (3rd)
1999 NL  143 (1st)
2000 NL  106 (5th)
2002 NL  129 (3rd)
2003 NL  131 (5th)
2005 NL  117 (5th)
Career  1,170 (78th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1997 NL  934 (3rd)
1999 NL  881 (2nd)
2000 NL  724 (5th)
2002 NL  840 (3rd)
2003 NL  868 (5th)
2004 NL  859 (4th)
2005 NL  808 (4th)
Career  7,829 (29th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1997 NL  73 (3rd)
1999 NL  62 (1st)
2002 NL  56 (5th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1997 NL  12 (2nd)
1998 NL  8 (5th)
2003 NL  9 (4th)
2004 NL  6 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1999 NL  12 (2nd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1997 NL  12 (1st)
1999 NL  11 (1st)
2003 NL  11 (1st)
2005 NL  7 (3rd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
2003 NL  84 (1st)
2004 NL  74 (3rd)
2005 NL  63 (5th)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1996 NL  36.4 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
2000 NL  5 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1997 NL  8.56 (1st)
1998 NL  8.26 (4th)
2005 NL  7.68 (4th)
Career  7.62 (23rd)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1997 NL  7.81 (3rd)
1998 NL  7.81 (2nd)
2005 NL  7.28 (3rd)
Career  7.11 (17th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1999 NL  .997 (1st)
2000 NL  .993 (5th)
Career  .991 (56th)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 15 (986), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 29 (351), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Catcher (104th), 15.2 career WAR/14.6 7yr-peak WAR/14.9 JAWS
Average HOF C (out of 13) = 52.5 career WAR/33.8 7yr-peak WAR/43.1 JAWS

Transactions

  • June 4, 1990: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1990 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1990.
  • October 31, 2006: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 6, 2006: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • October 31, 2007: Granted Free Agency.
The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.

Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary Sources Notes/Other Sources
199422Philadelphia Phillies$109,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1
199523Philadelphia Phillies$109,0001996 Joint Exhibit 1
199624Philadelphia Phillies$125,0001997 Joint Exhibit 1
199725Philadelphia Phillies$215,0001997 AP survey
199826Philadelphia Phillies$1,200,0004/3/98 USA Today
199927Philadelphia Phillies$2,250,00011/19/99 USA TodayIncludes $25,000 earned bonus
200028Philadelphia Phillies$4,833,3334/5/00 AP
200129Philadelphia Phillies$6,333,3334/6/01 USA Today
200230Philadelphia Phillies$7,333,3334/3/02 AP
200331Philadelphia Phillies$7,250,0004/3/03 AP
200432Philadelphia Phillies$7,500,0004/7/04 AP
200533Philadelphia Phillies$7,500,000
200634Philadelphia Phillies$7,500,000
200735Los Angeles Dodgers$1,150,000
Career to date (may be incomplete)$53,407,999
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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Name and misspellings: Michael Lieby mark michael Mike Scott leiberthal liberthal Lieberthal

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