Michael Scott Lieberthal was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (3rd overall) of the 1990 amateur entry draft. He was a highly regarded prospect, setting records at his high school that still stand today. He made his Major League debut on June 30, 1994 at the age of 22. He has always been known as a strong defensive catcher, and was an all-star (and gold glove winner) in 1999 when he had his best offensive year, batting .300 and hitting 31 home runs. An all-star again in 2000, he began having injury problems and tore up his knee several times. In his career he has hit over 1,000 hits, and is the Phillies' all-time catching leader in home runs, RBIs, and games caught.