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Jonathan Lucroy sets MLB doubles record for catcher

Lucroy is well on his way to becoming the first catcher to lead his league in doubles.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy on Saturday hit his 46th double as a catcher this season, setting an MLB single-season record for a player at that position.

Lucroy lined a ball to left field against Tsuyoshi Wada of the Cubs in the fifth inning, giving the Brewers a 2-1 lead.

The previous record was held by Ivan Rodriguez, who hit 45 of his 47 doubles in 1996 for the Texas Rangers as a catcher. Yadier Molina is third with 44 doubles, all as a catcher, in 2013 for the Cardinals.

The 28-year-old Lucroy has a MLB-leading 53 doubles, one more than Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, and 10 more than Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is second in the NL. A catcher has never finished a season leading either circuit in two-baggers.

Lucroy this season was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. He started the midsummer classic for the NL and went 2-for-2 with -- you guessed it -- two doubles and two RBI in a 5-3 loss.