5 most legendary Phillies catchers of all time

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 1: Mike Lieberthal #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks during a baseball game against the San Diego padres on May 1, 1999 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 1: Mike Lieberthal #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks during a baseball game against the San Diego padres on May 1, 1999 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 1: Mike Lieberthal #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks during a baseball game against the San Diego padres on May 1, 1999 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

1. Mike Lieberthal, Phillies 1994-2006

Like Daulton’s, Mike Lieberthal‘s great career is somewhat unappreciated because it coincided with a less-than-stellar Phillies era.

However, Lieberthal shouldn’t be penalized for that, considering how productive his individual career was. Over 13 years with the Phillies in his 14-year career, he hit .275/.338/.450 with a .788 OPS over 1,174 games.

Lieberthal is more of a slugger than most of the Phillies catchers on and off this list. He hit 150 career home runs, all with the Phillies, including seven double-digit HR seasons between 1997-2005.

Defensively, Lieberthal’s only double-digit error season was his first as full-time catcher in 1997.  He went on to be a back-to-back All-Star in 1999-2000 and won the 1999 NL Gold Glove for his work.

Ultimately, Lieberthal gets the top spot because he took it; his 1,139 games caught is the most in Phillies history, and he ranks first among franchise catchers in hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, AVG, and SLG.

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