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Lucroy Making His Case For MVP

by Tom King

It will be interesting to see the NL MVP voting this season. With some of the usual candidates either having down years or suffering injuries the voters may have to examine other players and they may have to go no further than Brewer catcher Jonathon Lucroy. Lucroy is enjoying a breakthrough season and is currently leading the NL in doubles among his other big stats. No catcher has led a league in doubles in over 114 years. But the value of Lucroy goes much deeper than his hitting. Umpires will tell you that few catchers are as "quiet" back there. And they are not talking about his mouth. He plays the position with a practiced lack of movement to give umpires a good look at every pitch. He also has the ability to bring pitches back into the strike zone so subtlely that umpires cant help but call strikes where they might not be with other catchers back there. He also block balls in the dirt as well as any catcher in the game. Just ask Wily Peralta with his nasty slider. With a month and a half left in the season alot can happen but if Jonathon Lucroy's name isnt very high in the discussion of MVP candidates this year...than voters are just no paying attention.

It's high school football kickoff week. I'll begin another season of Wausau East Lumberjack sports as East will host Wisconsin Rapids on Thursday night. They play a night earlier than normal because Wausau West is also home this week and will play Friday night at Thom Field. It begins the Tom Tourtillot era at East and hopefully the Lumberjacks have found a coach who will stick around for awhile and add some much needed stability to the program. You can hear the game Thursday night on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9 at 6:30.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

No One To Depend On-Santana (1971) a classic track from the 3rd album

No Particular Place To Go-Chuck Berry (1964) a Top Ten hit from late in his hit making days. It uses the same melody as the earlier hit "School Days"