(1972 - )
Michael Scott Lieberthal is a Jewish American former professional baseball player.
Lieberthal (born January 18, 1972) was born in Glendale, Arizona, and was an all-American catcher at Westlake High School. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1990 amateur entry draft.
A highly regarded prospect, Leiberthal made his Major League debut on June 30, 1994 at the age of 22. He was selected to the All-Star game and won the Gold Glove Award as best defensive catcher in 1999. After the 2002 season, he was named National League Comeback Player of the Year after having missed the majority of the 2001 season with a torn ACL and MCL.
In December 2006, Lieberthal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers and played for one season with the club before announcing his retirement in January 2008.
As of his retirement, Lieberthal had the 5th-most career home runs of any Jewish major league baseball player, behind Hank Greenberg, Shawn Green, Sid Gordon, and Al Rosen, and was 7th on the all-time list in hits and RBI.
On August 12, 2012, Lieberthal was inducted into the Phillies Baseball Wall of Fame.