Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lieberthal calls it quits

Even though he was no longer with the Dodgers, it's still worth noting that after 14 years, Mike Lieberthal has retired. The former two-time All-Star selection had hopes of playing one more year with LA, but was declared a free agent last October when his option was declined.

I know the common question on most people's minds is, Was he even really part of the team last year? The answer is... no. He appeared in only 38 games last year, posting a .234 AVG and a measly 1 RBI. 1 RBI in 77 at-bats is pretty hard to do, even with the little PT. In games in which he had 3 or more at-bats, the Dodgers were 3-11. With Russell Martin having such an amazing year, and with the Dodgers scratching and clawing for runs nearly every game, it was hard to get him in many games.

What should not be forgotten is that he did have a nice career. He finishes with a .274 AVG, 150 HR and 610 RBI. His fielding was outstanding, committing only 64 errors in 1,093 games for an overall fielding percentage of .992.

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