Lucroy ties season mark for doubles as a catcher

Lucroy ties season mark for doubles as a catcher

ST. LOUIS -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy's fourth-inning double on Thursday gave the Brewers their first hit while also tying a Major League record.

It was Lucroy's Major League-leading 52nd double this season, and his 45th as a catcher. That matched the mark set by Ivan Rodriguez, who hit 45 doubles while playing catcher for the Rangers in 1996.

Doubles as a catcher in a season
Player Year Team Doubles
Ivan Rodriguez 1996 TEX 45
Jonathan Lucroy 2014 MIL 45
Yadier Molina 2013 STL 44
Terry Kennedy 1982 SD 40
Brian McCann 2008 ATL 40
Jorge Posada 2002 NYY 40
Jorge Posada 2007 NYY 40
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2013 BOS 40

It gets complicated when you begin parsing records by position, but Lucroy is now the clear all-time doubles leader among Major League catchers. He'd already owned the record for total doubles in a season by a player making more than half of his starts at catcher (the previous mark was 47 by Rodriguez in '96).

Lucroy is bidding to be the first catcher ever to lead his league -- much less the Major Leagues -- in two-base hits, and he is also one double shy of tying Lyle Overbay's franchise record. Overbay hit 53 doubles for the Brewers in 2004.

For extra measure, Lucroy knocked a pair of RBI doubles in July while making his first appearance in the All-Star Game.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.