Brewers Around the Horn: Catcher
Lucroy offers long-needed stability behind the plate
PHOENIX -- How did Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy wind up behind the plate? He credits his dad for making the call."He told me I was the only one who wasn't scared to go back there," Lucroy said with a smile. "Maybe I was the only one stupid enough." Turns out it was very smart. Lucroy was 13 then, already showing promise in the Eustis, Fla., Little League. He's 25 today, already entering his third year in the big leagues and his second as Milwaukee's everyday starter. He's provided some stability at a position previously known for the opposite. Since Mike Matheny exited via free agency in 1998, the Brewers have had 10 different Opening Day catchers in 13 seasons, only one of whom (Dave Nilsson, in 1999) who was developed from within. Nine different players have led the team in starts behind the plate in that 13-season span, including Lucroy in 2010 and '11. But he did not start on Opening Day either season, a fact Lucroy is hoping to change this April.