Yadier Molina still might be the best overall catcher in baseball. That is a title he has held for a while now. But by almost any measure during the 2014 season, he has been outdone by another catcher in his own division.
Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers leads all Major League catchers with 3.1 fWAR (according to FanGraphs). His .335/.397/.512 slash line also paces him well ahead of the rest of his colleagues at the position. He has six home runs, 32 RBI and plays elite defense behind the plate to boot.
He might not have the name recognition of Molina, and he might not have the backing of a uniquely rabid fan base like Molina does with the St. Louis Cardinals. That fact is acknowledged and put out in the open in a recent video from Brewers.com encouraging fans to vote for Lucroy for the 2014 All-Star game this summer.
Besides holding the lead in many major categories as the best catcher in the National League, Lucroy has now paced out to a nice lead in terms of his outstanding efforts off the field. This video, while trolling Cardinals’ fans a bit (which is a compliment, in the end), is just outstanding.
You can watch the video below, courtesy of MLB.com: