Jul 6, 2014 10:35 PM by Release
CINCINNATI -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke isn't a fan of team meetings, but happily made an exception on Sunday.
Roenicke closed the clubhouse doors at about 11 a.m. ET to deliver news that wouldn't go public for another eight hours: For the fifth time in team history, and the first time since 2007, four Brewers players would represent the franchise at the All-Star Game on July 15 at Target Field.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center fielder Carlos Gomez were elected National League starters by baseball fans, positioning the Brewers to have at least two players in the starting lineup for the third time in five years. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was named as a reserve and Francisco Rodriguez made the NL bullpen via the player ballot.
It made for a fun meeting.
"When you have guys in it, it is," Roenicke said. "If you're one of those teams when you don't have anybody in, and now you have to have somebody in, then it's a little different. ...
"We've got some guys who had great first halves so far, and that's what's nice to see. It's great because it's a team game, we play to win, but it's nice when an individual is recognized like they are for this game."
Lucroy garnered special recognition as the only first-time All-Star in the bunch.
"I was a little nervous, but I had a good feeling about it," Lucroy said. "It's one of those things that you kind of hope happens and you get recognized for, and whenever it does happen it feels good. I'm glad that I was able to have this opportunity."
Besides 2007, the Brewers also had four All-Stars in 1980, '82 and '83.
Here's a look at Lucroy:
Jonathan Lucroy, C
Prior ASGs: First time
ASG W-L: N/A
ASG Stats: N/A
How he made 2014 NL team: Player ballot
Why he's an All-Star: He has been baseball's most valuable catcher all season, as measured by wins above replacement, and even made a last-minute push in fan balloting before falling short of NL starter Yadier Molina. Lucroy has improved dramatically on defense since his hurried promotion to the Majors in 2010, which has had a positive effect on his offensive production.
Did you know?: Lucroy has embraced the "nerd" role lately, since teammate Ryan Braun lovingly labeled him as such in an interview with a national writer. Lucroy's locker at Miller Park features the logo of Lambda Lambda Lambda, the fraternity featured in the 1984 film "Revenge of the Nerds."
Quotable: "Not only has 'Luc' been our best player and MVP to this point, I think he should be in the MVP conversation for the league." -- Braun
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