Happy 40th (belated), Mike Lieberthal!

Mike Lieberthal was a big-time prospect for the Phillies while playing in Reading and Scranton in the early ’90s. I appreciated that even though I was an annoying little kid running around the stadium he was always gracious enough to honor my autograph requests.

Lieberthal averaged only 6 HRs/550 ABs in the minors but developed the power stroke at The Vet and scorched 31 HR in his age 27 season. There have been only 4 catchers in MLB history to go 30 HR, 30 2B and .300 Batting Average in a season (astonishingly short list below).

Unfortunately Mike’s career in Philly overlapped exactly with the doldrums of the team, ala Don Mattingly in The Bronx. The Fregosi, Dykstra, Schilling led Phillies won the pennant the year before Mike got the call-up. Over the next 13 years as Lieberthal caught pitches originated from the palms of Matt Beech and Mike Mimbs the squad shockingly posted 8 losing seasons. Mike left for LA after the ’06 season and the Phillies commenced their run of 5 consecutive NL East crowns. “If I didn’t have bad luck I’d have no luck at all.”

Rk Player Year HR 2B BA Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Gabby Hartnett 1930 37 31 .339 29 CHC NL 141 578 508 84 172 3 122 55 0 62 1 14 0 0 0 0 .404 .630 1.034 *2
2 Roy Campanella 1951 33 33 .325 29 BRO NL 143 562 505 90 164 1 108 53 0 51 4 0 0 19 1 2 .393 .590 .983 *2
3 Mike Piazza 1997 40 32 .362 28 LAD NL 152 633 556 104 201 1 124 69 11 77 3 0 5 19 5 1 .431 .638 1.070 *2/D
4 Mike Piazza 1998 32 38 .328 29 TOT NL 151 626 561 88 184 1 111 58 14 80 2 0 5 15 1 0 .390 .570 .960 *2/D
5 Mike Lieberthal 1999 31 33 .300 27 PHI NL 145 574 510 84 153 1 96 44 7 86 11 1 8 15 0 0 .363 .551 .914 *2
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Posted on January 28, 2012, in '94 strike sucks!, under 25 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I Actually Used To LOVE Watching Lieberthal Play-Ball.
    And, Yeah, I’d Take Piazza Batting In My Catcher’s Slot ANYTIME.
    I Rooted So So So Hard For The Phillies.
    Yes, I’m A Career Cardinals AND Royals Fan…
    …But I ALSO Loved My Tigers AND My Phillies.
    I Was Born On OPENING DAY For St. Louis In 1980, So I Suppose It Was Just Fate…
    …But Mike Schmidt Was MY 1st Baseball Hero.
    My Top 5, However…
    Were Schmidt, Darrell Porter, Tommy Herr, Jack Clark, and Alan Trammell hahaha
    I So Miss My 80s Baseball, Fo SHO…
    …But 1993 Was An INCREDIBLE RUN By Philly.
    And I NEVER ONCE Blamed Mitch Williams.
    I Blamed The Phillies Management For Running Him Out There Night-In AND Night-Out 😦

    Nice Bloggin’ing, Sir.
    Always Enjoy It When You Post.
    L8r On.
    -BRADLEY

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