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Lieberthal is coming home

Mike Lieberthal spent 13 seasons in Philadelphia. He'll get at least one more day.

Lieberthal is coming home

Mike Lieberthal spent 13 seasons in Philadelphia. He'll get at least one more day.

The Phillies announced yesterday the veteran catcher will retire as a member of the organization on June 1. Lieberthal spent last season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers before announcing his retirement, but was a popular player in Philadelphia from 1994-2006. The No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 draft, Lieberthal broke into the big leagues in the wake of the Phillies' run to the World Series in 1993. Over the next 13 seasons, he hit .275 with 150 home runs and helped guide the franchise into its current era of success.

“Philadelphia has always been a second home to me, so I’m really looking forward to this,” said Lieberthal in a statement released by the Phillies.  “I spent half my life there and still follow the team closely on television.”

An All-Star in 1999 and 2000, Lieberthal holds the franchise record for most games caught at 1,139. In 1999, he became just the sixth catcher in major league history to hit .300 with 30 home runs. Lieberthal also set a Phillies record in 1999 for fielding percentage by a catcher (.997), committing just three errors in 946 total chances, en route to a Gold Glove Award.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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