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Lieberthal Retires
2008-01-26 14:59
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Lieberthal has retired from playing baseball, Diamond Leung of the Press-Enterprise learned today.

Previously on Dodger Thoughts: 'High School Is Far Away for Top Player Lieberthal'

Comments
2008-01-26 15:35:22
1.   Bluebleeder87
Mike Lieberthal barely played so I didn't get to attached to him, which is a good thing I guess.
2008-01-26 19:29:22
2.   ET90210
He did play 13 seasons with the Phils though. But agreed, it was like he was never even in LA! ha

http://mlbfleecefactor.com/2008/01/26/mike-lieberthal-to-retire/

2008-01-26 20:28:36
3.   das411
Awww farewell Lieby!!

(i had a student teacher once who'll be very sad to hear this news...until she realizes it means he's not on the road for 8 months anymore!)

2008-01-27 17:00:06
4.   Joe Pierre
I was kind of suprised that the Dodger didn't re-sign Lieberthal. To me he seemed like the perfect guy for the job. Just fill in whenever Martin was rested. Which wasn't often.
2008-01-27 19:32:19
5.   Suffering Bruin
I interviewed Mike when he was at Westlake High. He was drafted the same year as Dmitri Young, I think. In my son's first baseball game, Mike Lieberthal hit three homeruns but the Dodgers won.

From that game: "Dad, will the Dodgers be okay if that guy stops hitting homeruns? He's go more homeruns than Shawn Green!" (Green had one homer that night)

I honestly didn't know how to answer.

2008-01-27 23:13:04
6.   DougS
4 There was a quote in the wire service article suggesting that Lieberthal felt that being a backup (playing 20-25 games/year) wasn't worth the work of keeping sharp and in shape at this point in his life. So it may have been the opposite, that Lieberthal didn't want to re-up if it meant being a rarely-used backup.

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