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Phillies add Lieberthal to Wall of Fame

Phillies add Lieberthal to Wall of Fame

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Mike Lieberthal will be the latest to join the Phillies' greats as the organization's 2012 Toyota Wall of Fame inductee.

The ceremony will take place Aug. 10 at Citizens Bank Park when the Cardinals are in town. The former Philadelphia catcher will be joined by past Wall of Fame honorees, who will also take part in the ceremony.

"What a tremendous honor it is to be added to the Wall of Fame, along with some of the greatest players in Phillies history," Lieberthal said in a statement. "I look forward to sharing the dedication with the greatest fans in baseball."

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Lieberthal played 14 years in the Majors -- the first 13 with Philadelphia before ending his career with his hometown Dodgers in 2007. Lieberthal finished his career as the Phillies' all-time leader among catchers in games caught (1,139), home runs (149) and hits (1,128). He and Jack Clements (1884-97) are the only catchers in Phillies history to surpass 1,000 hits.

Lieberthal, now 40, also holds the club record with 10 consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher. He is the third backstop to be honored on the Wall of Fame, and 34th inductee overall. The other catchers enshrined on the Wall of Fame are Bob Boone (2005) and Darren Daulton ('10).

A former first-round Draft pick, Lieberthal was an All-Star in 1999 and 2000, and he won a Gold Glove in 1999, when he set a club record for highest fielding percentage (.997) by a catcher.

Boone and Daulton are expected to be in Philadelphia for the Wall of Fame ceremonies, along with Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Dick Allen, Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, Tony Taylor, Dallas Green, Juan Samuel and John Kruk.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak.‬ This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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