Mike Lieberthal declared himself retired Saturday, ending a 14-year career as a major league catcher that included two trips to the All-Star game. Lieberthal, 36, spent last season with the Dodgers, playing sparingly behind Russell Martin.And with that, the Semitic slugging records set by Hank Greenberg are safe for another year.
"I'm done," Lieberthal said at the Home Depot Center in Carson, where he played in the Celebrity Soccer Challenge hosted by retired soccer star Mia Hamm and her husband, Dodgers third baseman Nomar Garciaparra.
"I didn't want to go anywhere else," Lieberthal said. "Being in a backup role, you don't get the same satisfaction. The money's great still, but I'm not at a point where I need money for my family."
Lieberthal played in only 38 games for the Dodgers last season, hitting .234 in 77 at-bats.
Monday, January 28, 2008
You heard it here first. Unless you read the LA Times or most other publications. Mike Lieberthal is retiring.