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Portrait of Mike Lieberthal

Mike Lieberthal CPhillies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
18 4695 .274 .337 .446 105 19.4
Birth Date1-18-1972
Height6' 0"
Weight170 lbs
Age47 years, 9 months, 3 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1994 PHI 22 24 84 21 3 1 1 3 5 1 0 0 .266 .301 .367 92 -0.5 -0.6 0.0 0.3
1995 PHI 23 16 54 12 2 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 .255 .327 .298 86 -0.8 -0.8 -0.2 0.1
1996 PHI 24 50 182 42 8 0 7 10 30 2 0 0 .253 .297 .428 90 -1.6 1.2 -1.1 0.7
1997 PHI 25 134 510 112 27 1 20 44 76 4 3 4 .246 .314 .442 95 -0.9 -5.2 4.3 2.0
1998 PHI 26 86 342 80 15 3 8 17 44 7 2 1 .256 .304 .399 88 -4.5 -1.4 3.7 1.3
1999 PHI 27 145 574 153 33 1 31 44 86 11 0 0 .300 .363 .551 126 22.9 -0.2 -1.1 4.5
2000 PHI 28 108 438 108 30 0 15 40 53 6 2 0 .278 .352 .470 104 4.9 -3.2 -3.8 1.9
2001 PHI 29 34 136 28 8 0 2 12 21 3 0 0 .231 .316 .347 91 -0.9 0.3 -1.7 0.4
2002 PHI 30 130 530 133 29 2 15 38 58 14 0 1 .279 .349 .443 115 12.1 -4.7 -6.9 2.5
2003 PHI 31 131 561 159 30 1 13 38 59 12 0 0 .313 .373 .453 113 11.3 -8.4 -10.3 1.7
2004 PHI 32 131 529 129 31 1 17 37 69 11 1 1 .271 .335 .447 103 3.1 -2.7 -0.5 2.5
2005 PHI 33 118 443 103 25 0 12 35 35 11 0 0 .263 .336 .418 107 4.0 -1.2 -16.3 0.7
2006 PHI 34 67 230 57 14 0 9 8 19 6 0 0 .273 .316 .469 97 0.3 -2.6 3.0 1.1
2007 LAN 35 38 82 18 2 0 0 4 11 1 0 0 .234 .280 .260 68 -3.0 0.1 -3.3 -0.2
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1990 MAR Rk APL 49 197 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SPA A SAL 72 274 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 CLR A+ FSL 16 58 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 REA AA EAS 86 343 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SWB AAA INT 16 50 .000 .000 .000 .220 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SWB AAA INT 112 417 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 PHI MLB NL 24 84 .257 .316 .393 .274 95 -1.7 2.6 1.5 92 16 0.0 -0.6 -0.5 0.3
1994 SWB AAA INT 84 322 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 PHI MLB NL 16 54 .254 .315 .388 .286 96 -2.1 1.6 0.9 86 13 -0.2 -0.8 -0.8 0.1
1995 SWB AAA INT 85 340 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 PHI MLB NL 50 182 .257 .322 .400 .263 99 -1.6 5.6 3.3 90 15 -1.1 1.2 -1.6 0.7
1997 PHI MLB NL 134 510 .261 .330 .408 .251 100 1.2 13.6 8.8 95 11 4.3 -5.2 -0.9 2.0
1998 PHI MLB NL 86 342 .261 .325 .404 .271 98 -5.6 8.9 6.1 88 12 3.7 -1.4 -4.5 1.3
1999 PHI MLB NL 145 574 .269 .337 .430 .304 98 22.8 15.6 10.8 126 10 -1.1 -0.2 22.9 4.5
2000 PHI MLB NL 108 438 .266 .335 .428 .287 108 2.9 13.8 8.3 104 10 -3.8 -3.2 4.9 1.9
2001 PHI MLB NL 34 136 .262 .323 .426 .265 96 -3.3 4.1 2.4 91 13 -1.7 0.3 -0.9 0.4
2002 PHI MLB NL 130 530 .256 .324 .403 .291 95 12.8 15.3 9.2 115 11 -6.9 -4.7 12.1 2.5
2003 PHI MLB NL 131 561 .262 .330 .415 .333 96 18.7 14.8 10 113 9 -10.3 -8.4 11.3 1.7
2004 PHI MLB NL 131 529 .262 .330 .416 .284 97 0.5 15.7 9.5 103 10 -0.5 -2.7 3.1 2.5
2005 PHI MLB NL 118 443 .263 .328 .404 .260 100 5.5 12.7 7.7 107 7 -16.3 -1.2 4.0 0.7
2006 PHI MLB NL 67 230 .268 .337 .431 .262 97 3.8 6.9 4.1 97 9 3.0 -2.6 0.3 1.1
2006 REA AA EAS 2 6 .263 .314 .392 .167 95 -1 0.2 0.1 75 0 0.0 0.2 -0.3 0.0
2006 SWB AAA INT 2 7 .240 .315 .356 .667 85 3.1 0.2 0.1 191 0 0.0 0.3 0.7 0.1
2007 LAN MLB NL 38 82 .262 .328 .407 .273 102 -6.1 2.4 1.3 68 16 -3.3 0.1 -3.0 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1990 MAR Rk APL 197 184 26 42 9 0 4 63 22 11 40 2 0 .228 .279 .342 .114 0 0
1991 SPA A SAL 274 243 34 74 17 0 0 91 31 23 25 1 3 .305 .376 .374 .070 0 0
1991 CLR A+ FSL 58 52 7 15 2 0 0 17 7 3 12 0 0 .288 .333 .327 .038 1 1
1992 SWB AAA INT 50 45 4 9 1 0 0 10 4 2 5 0 0 .200 .245 .222 .022 1 1
1992 REA AA EAS 343 309 30 88 16 1 2 112 37 19 26 4 1 .285 .345 .362 .078 1 1
1993 SWB AAA INT 417 382 35 100 17 0 7 138 40 24 32 2 0 .262 .315 .361 .099 1 1
1994 SWB AAA INT 322 296 23 69 16 0 1 88 32 21 29 1 1 .233 .288 .297 .064 0 0
1994 PHI MLB NL 84 79 6 21 3 1 1 29 5 3 5 0 0 .266 .301 .367 .101 0 1
1995 PHI MLB NL 54 47 1 12 2 0 0 14 4 5 5 0 0 .255 .327 .298 .043 0 2
1995 SWB AAA INT 340 278 44 78 20 2 6 120 42 44 26 1 4 .281 .393 .432 .151 2 2
1996 PHI MLB NL 182 166 21 42 8 0 7 71 23 10 30 0 0 .253 .297 .428 .175 4 0
1997 PHI MLB NL 510 455 59 112 27 1 20 201 77 44 76 3 4 .246 .314 .442 .196 7 0
1998 PHI MLB NL 342 313 39 80 15 3 8 125 45 17 44 2 1 .256 .304 .399 .144 5 0
1999 PHI MLB NL 574 510 84 153 33 1 31 281 96 44 86 0 0 .300 .363 .551 .251 8 1
2000 PHI MLB NL 438 389 55 108 30 0 15 183 71 40 53 2 0 .278 .352 .470 .193 3 0
2001 PHI MLB NL 136 121 21 28 8 0 2 42 11 12 21 0 0 .231 .316 .347 .116 0 0
2002 PHI MLB NL 530 476 46 133 29 2 15 211 52 38 58 0 1 .279 .349 .443 .164 2 0
2003 PHI MLB NL 561 508 68 159 30 1 13 230 81 38 59 0 0 .313 .373 .453 .140 3 0
2004 PHI MLB NL 529 476 58 129 31 1 17 213 61 37 69 1 1 .271 .335 .447 .176 4 1
2005 PHI MLB NL 443 392 48 103 25 0 12 164 47 35 35 0 0 .263 .336 .418 .156 5 0
2006 SWB AAA INT 7 6 3 4 1 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 .667 .714 .833 .167 0 0
2006 REA AA EAS 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 0 0
2006 PHI MLB NL 230 209 22 57 14 0 9 98 36 8 19 0 0 .273 .316 .469 .196 2 5
2007 LAN MLB NL 82 77 6 18 2 0 0 20 1 4 11 0 0 .234 .280 .260 .026 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2006-06-07 2006-07-14 15-DL 37 29 Left Hip Strain -
2006-05-05 2006-05-29 15-DL 24 21 Right Knee Contusion -
2001-05-13 2001-10-08 60-DL 148 127 Right Knee Surgery ACL and Meniscus and MCL 2001-06-20 -
2000-09-06 2000-10-02 15-DL 26 25 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spur 2000-09-13 -
2000-07-18 2000-08-03 15-DL 16 15 Left Ankle Sprain Player Collision - -
1998-07-24 1998-09-01 15-DL 39 39 - Stress Fracture Did Not Play Rest of Season - -
1998-06-26 1998-06-28 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Infection Index Finger - -
1998-05-03 1998-05-05 DTD 2 2 Right Elbow Soreness - -
1996-08-19 1996-09-29 15-DL 41 36 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 1996-08-30 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 LAN $1,150,000
2006 PHI $7,500,000
2005 PHI $7,500,000
2004 PHI $7,500,000
2003 PHI $7,250,000
2002 PHI $7,333,333
2001 PHI $6,333,333
2000 PHI $4,833,333
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$49,399,999
8 yrTotal$49,399,999

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 5 d

Details
  • retired 1/28/08
  • LAD declined 08 option 10/30/07
  • signed as a free agent from PHI 12/06, 1 year/$1.25M (07)+08 club option, 07:$1.15M, 08:$1.4M club option $0.1M buyout
  • 3 year/$23.5M (03-05)+06 vesting option, 03:$7.25M, 04-05:$7.5M ea, 06:$7.5M vesting option $1.25M buyout (vest with 1,200 plate appearances 03-05, 850 plate appearances 04-05 or 475 plate appearances 05) (vests with 110 more plate appearances in 05)
  • re-signed 8/02 3 year/$19M (00-02)+$7.25M 03 club option
  • $1M signing bonus
  • 00:$4.5M, 01:$6M, 02:$7M, 03:$7.25M club option $0.5M buyout (option vests with 500 plate appearances in 02)

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 Like Randy Wolf, Lieberthal departed Philadelphia as a free agent to sign a one-year deal with his hometown team. Unlike his phellow Phil, Lieberthal stayed healthy in 2007. His problem was Energizer Bunny Russell Martin, whose 143 starts left Lieberthal with just 17, including just four between July 3 and September 5. It couldn't have helped the backup's cause that the team went just 3-14 in those starts, no doubt due in part to the rust that had accumulated on Lieberthal's bat. On the other hand, a year away from the grind may have helped Lieberthal's assorted owies heal. A career .310/.381/.510 hitter against lefties, he could contribute to a team with a less durable backstop.
2007 This is what typically happens to veteran catchers; injuries devour their playing time. For Lieberthal, the knee, hip, back, and abdominal injuries he suffered in 2006 had him thinking about retirement, but he`s reached an agreement with the Dodgers to play a reserve role. He was still effective between his DL stints, and should have a better chance to stay healthy playing two days a week instead of five.
2006 At the point in his career where he should play against lefties and only selected righties, Lieberthal soldiered on as the regular because Ed Wade couldn`t put the pieces of the puzzle together. Since Lieberthal`s throwing began deteriorating three years ago, the Phillies have needed a lefty-hitting reserve who played decent defense. Admittedly, that`s not easy to find, but the comparatively clueless Reds came up with Javier Valentin. That`s what GMs get paid the big bucks for: finding the right players to address their team`s problems. The good news? Despite his six-figure odometer reading and his many physical problems, Lieberthal has not been put on the DL since 2001.
2005 Lieberthal has given the Phillies a lot of value over the years, but he's a 33-year-old catcher who doesn't handle the running game well, and the modest decline that his stats underwent last year is more likely than not the start of a downtrend. This is the last year of Lieberthal's contract, and the Phillies should survive it fine, but they'll need to turn outside the organization for a replacement as their motley crew of catching prospects all project as backups. Who'd have thought they'd miss Johnny Estrada?
2004 Lieberthal got a lot of credit for his hitting last year, even though he didn't provide any more offense than he usually does-the only thing that was better about his hitting was his average. His defense was way off; he allowed 84 stolen bases, tops in the majors, and only threw out 19. He still has two years and $15 million to go on his contract, and if his defense drops any further he won't be a credible catcher. With Thome around, if he can't catch, he can't play.
2003 Lieberthal returned from a gruesome knee injury to have an excellent 2002 season and was rewarded by a lengthy, expensive contract extension. That extension is an awful gamble. Very few everyday catchers retain their effectiveness past the age of 30 and Lieberthal has already demonstrated that he is injury-prone and a lousy hitter against righties. A few weeks after the season ended Lieberthal had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Expect other problems to follow.
2002 Lieberthalís season ended in April with a torn ACL, prompting all sorts of pronouncements that the Philliesí season was over. It obviously wasnít, proving once again that a good player is still only worth a few games on the margin. With Lieberthal expected to be healthy again in 2002 and Marlon Byrd just about ready, the Phils have a chance to sport a lineup without a major hole in it, which would go a long way towards bringing the NL East title to Philadelphia.
2001 In the first half of 2000, Mike Lieberthal proved that his 1999 production wasnít a fluke, but his second half raised serious questions about whether he can hold up for an entire season. He was plagued by bone spurs in his elbow and a sprained ankle that knocked down his final numbers considerably. Because he really doesn't hit right-handers that well, finding a quality left-handed-hitting backup should be a priority. Once Ed Wade finishes signing all the lousy relievers, of course.
2000 The big question is whether his performance represented a breakthrough caused by finally being healthy or if it was simply a career year. Given his age, it was most likely a career year. Even if the projection is accurate and he slides most of the way back to his earlier level, his defensive skills are enough for him to be useful in a strong lineup. Unfortunately for the Phillies, they arenít quite there yet.
1999 Felled by a strange pelvic injury that wiped out nearly two months of his season, and threw the Phils' grand plans for a trade into flux. He wasn't having much of a season to begin with, and at this point, the team should give Estalella the everyday job. With Estalellaís injury, the Phillies are saying Lieberthal will be fine by spring training, so it looks like heíll be the starter.
1998 He started the year with a bang, launching seven home runs in April, and was a hitting star from June through August. But after a disastrous fade in September, possibly from overwork, the final results werenít any better than in prior years. While heís gotten kudos for his defense, he was only average at preventing base stealing, led the league in passed balls and was next to last in errors. I think heíll keep the #1 job next year, possibly with more rest since Estalella figures to be a more capable backup than Parent, but Iím doubtful beyond that.
1997 A first round pick, heís the favored starter now that Santiagoís been deemed too expensive. Heís better suited to a backup role.
1996  There are doubts about his glovework and his ability to stop the running game, but he's not worthless with the bat, he's young, and there are worse choices as a backup catcher. Injuries made his '94 worse than it should have been; he should stick as Santiago's caddy this year.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1994 mlb .002 0.5 909 .000 0.0 15 .026 -.003 -0.2 0.2 0.0
1995 mlb -.001 -0.1 572 .004 -0.5 17 .015 .004 -0.2 -0.8 -0.2
1996 mlb -.002 -0.6 1386 .000 0.1 30 -.010 -.007 0.3 -0.5 -1.1
1997 mlb .004 4.8 5027 .001 -1.6 95 -.024 .001 1.4 4.7 4.3
1998 mlb .007 5.3 3177 .000 0.2 46 -.003 -.003 0.3 5.7 3.7
1999 mlb .001 1.1 6010 .001 -2.4 84 -.021 -.005 1.6 0.2 -1.1
2000 mlb -.002 -2.7 4601 .000 0.3 64 -.040 -.006 2.1 -0.9 -3.8
2001 mlb -.005 -1.8 1451 -.001 0.5 13 -.011 -.012 0.4 -0.9 -1.7
2002 mlb -.005 -7.0 5443 .002 -2.5 66 -.016 -.002 1.0 -8.5 -6.9
2003 mlb -.005 -6.3 5595 .001 -0.9 91 .025 -.001 -1.4 -8.6 -10.3
2004 mlb .003 3.2 5144 .000 0.2 86 .028 .000 -1.4 1.9 -0.5
2005 mlb -.012 -14.2 4874 .000 0.6 75 .052 -.002 -2.3 -16.7 -16.3
2006 aax .000 0.0 38 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 mlb .004 2.2 2440 .000 -0.1 45 -.037 .005 1.1 3.2 3.0
2006 aaa .000 0.0 45 .000 0.0 1 -.002 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 mlb -.014 -3.1 946 .000 0.1 16 .025 -.002 -0.3 -3.3 -3.3

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