Mike Lieberthal will be inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame tonight before the Cardinals and Phillies open a weekend set at 7:05. Former Phillie Kyle Lohse and Roy Halladay are slated.
Beerleaguer: Lieberthal's "homegrown" era never lived up to "home-spun" hype, but crack open the Phillies' media guide and he's right at the top of most franchise catching categories, well ahead of the pace maintained by fan favorite Carlos Ruiz, who will also be on the wall someday. A two-time All-Star, he's the all-time leader in games caught (1,139) as well as home runs and hits. If ruinous knee injuries hadn't derailed his career, right in his prime, he would have produced much more. Even so, he enjoyed a very productive 14-year career, 13 with the Phillies, finishing with a career OPS of .783. Not shabby. He's the third backstop to be honored on the Wall of Fame, joining Bob Boone and Darren Daulton. One can make an educated case that he had a better career than either one, even if he's less beloved.