Former Cajun Jonathan Lucroy announced today that he will retire as a Milwaukee Brewer and be inducted into the Brewers Wall of Honor this Saturday. The ceremony will take place prior to the Brewers/Reds game that evening.
Lucroy was drafted in 2007 and spent seven seasons with the club, earning two All-Star appearances in 2014 and 2016. Lucroy set the MLB record for most doubles by a catcher in a single season in 2014 and led all of the MLB in doubles that year. Lucroy finished fourth in the NL MVP race, the first catcher in Milwaukee history to finish in the Top 10.
Lucroy finishes his career as the franchise leader for catchers in hits (752), doubles (143), HR (77), runs (326), RBI (358), and batting average (.288). Lucroy will also finish second in games caught with 725.
“I am honored to retire a Milwaukee Brewer and be inducted into the Wall of Honor, amongst so many of the greats in this franchise. The Brewers and the City of Milwaukee have always held a special place in my heart, I feel at ease and at home here” Lucroy said. “The fans have always embraced me and lifted me up. It is a special experience to play in Milwaukee and I want to thank the fans, the front office and the baseball staff for making my time in Milwaukee so memorable.”
Players, coaches, and executives are eligible for the Wall of Honor if they meet certain career accolades and service to the organization. Lucroy will be inducted alongside legends Ryan Bruan and Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez on August 6th.
During his 12-year career, Lucroy played for nine organizations, hitting .274 with 217 doubles, 108 home runs, 548 RBIs, and a career OPS of .752.
Lucroy spent his college days in Acadiana, playing for the Ragin Cajuns from 2005-2007. During that span, he was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team, Sun Belt All-Tournament Team, and was named first-team All-Sun Belt in his junior season in 2007. In 2007, Lucroy hit .360 with 18 homers, 19 doubles, and 68 RBIs. He finished his career as the leader in total bases (414), doubles (54), and RBIs (184). Lucroy finished in the top five in five other categories.