Through the history of the Milwaukee Brewers, the franchise has had 88 All Stars. The stat lines of those 88 are filled with mediocre performances -- 0-2 nights, quick innings pitched, etc -- despite great players like Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Dan Kolb representing them.
Here are some notable performances by Brewers' players in the All Star Game, including every player who has picked up a hit in the Midsummer Classic:
|1978||Lary Sorenson||3 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit|
|1981||Ted Simmons||1-1, RBI|
|1982||Cecil Cooper||1-2, K|
|1983||Robin Yount||0-2 BB, Run, RBI|
|1986||Teddy Higuera||3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K|
|1992||Paul Molitor||1-2, K|
|1993||Greg Vaughn||1-1, Run|
|1998||Fernando Vina||1-1, BB|
|1999||Jeremy Burnitz||1-2, Run|
|2009||Prince Fielder||1-1, RBI|
|2011||Prince Fielder||1-2, 3-run homer|
|2012||Ryan Braun||2-3, 2B, RBI, Run|
|2014||Aramis Ramirez||2-3, 2B, Run|
|2014||Jonathan Lucroy||2-2, 2 2B, 2 RBI|
Given that list, it's clear that Lucroy turned in at least a top-5 performance in Brewers' history. It could be argued that Aramis Ramirez's night is top-5 as well, as he became one of now three Brewers who have picked up multiple hits in the game. However, Lucroy's two-double, two-RBI night outshone Ramirez.
Really, the only players I would say could hold a candle to Lucroy's performance are Fielder in 2011 and Braun in 2012. Fielder's home run was the only one ever hit by a Brewer in the ASG. That shot gave the National League a win, and earned Fielder MVP awards for the game. Braun, meanwhile, had been the only Brewer with a multi-hit All Star Game, but could not match Lucroy's two doubles.
Then it could also be argued that Sorenson and Higuera deserve a place at the top of the rankings as well. Rather than pitch just one inning (or even less), both players shut down their opponents for three frames.
Regardless of whether it was the best in Brewers history, it's at least clear Lucroy turned in one of the finest performances a representative of the team has ever had in the MLB All Star Game. Here's hoping the 28-year-old Lucroy has plenty more opportunities to shine in the game in the future.