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Lucroy named to NL All-Star team

MLB.com Reporter @AdamMcCalvy

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Lucroy will represent the Brewers at the 2016 All-Star Game, and Ryan Braun hopes to make it a Milwaukee duo.

Lucroy, who has played his way back into the discussion of baseball's elite catchers, made his second National League All-Star team on Tuesday as a selection of NL manager Terry Collins. The Brewers celebrated the honor in a team meeting about 45 minutes before the start of their game against the Nationals.

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WASHINGTON -- Jonathan Lucroy will represent the Brewers at the 2016 All-Star Game, and Ryan Braun hopes to make it a Milwaukee duo.

Lucroy, who has played his way back into the discussion of baseball's elite catchers, made his second National League All-Star team on Tuesday as a selection of NL manager Terry Collins. The Brewers celebrated the honor in a team meeting about 45 minutes before the start of their game against the Nationals.

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Braun, meanwhile, is one of five NL candidates for the 2016 Esurance All-Star Game Final vote. His fate rests with baseball fans, who will also weigh the merits of Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

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"I've never been, but the All-Star Game recognition is a big deal," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who got to inform Lucroy of his honor. "To me, you put yourself there with those players, that's a special place to be. With your peers, with the best players in the game. I don't think that gets old for guys."

Fans can vote for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote until 4 p.m. ET on Friday. The winners, as chosen exclusively by online fan voting totals, will be announced during a Final Vote-themed telecast of "MLB Now" featuring commentary from political analyst Jeff Greenfield, live on MLB Network and MLB.com from 4-5 p.m. ET. MLB Network will provide extensive coverage across all of its studio programming during the Final Vote, including interviews with the candidates, frequent updates, heat maps indicating the cities where votes are being cast for each candidate, news on player and club campaigns and a running countdown clock leading up to the announcement.

 

Baseball fans have cast nearly 600 million online votes for Final Vote candidates since the program's inception in 2002. In addition to MLB.com and the official club websites, fans can use their mobile devices to cast votes at

 

For the fifth consecutive year, the Final Vote will include social balloting, as Twitter support for the 10 candidates over the last six hours of balloting will count toward their vote totals. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Friday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag will be tabulated as part of the official vote total used to determine the winners.

 

On Tuesday, July 12, watch the 2016 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 87th All-Star Game, in San Diego, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit

Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI doubles as the NL's starting catcher at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis, where Lucroy, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center fielder Carlos Gomez comprised a third of the starting lineup. After a slump- and injury-marred 2015 season, Lucroy is back to performing at a high level, entering Tuesday with an .839 OPS that ranked second among NL catchers to Washington's Wilson Ramos. That's two points higher than 2014, when Lucroy finished fourth in NL MVP balloting.

Lucroy is the second Brewers catcher to represent the team at multiple All-Star Games. Ted Simmons did so in 1981 and '83.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

 

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