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We’ll never know what might have been if the Milwaukee Brewers had been able to maintain the momentum of their hot start and reach the postseason, but one of their stars was still honored for his 2014 performance on Thursday. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy finished fourth in the voting for the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the first Brewer backstop ever to do so.
Lucroy was named on 28 of the 30 ballots for the award but still finished more than 100 points behind Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who took third in the voting. The only voter to have Lucroy in their top three was Dave Cameron of FanGraphs, and he shared some thoughts on his ballot.
Carlos Gomez, who finished ninth in the MVP balloting last season, was the only other Brewer to receive votes this season, appearing on six ballots and finishing 16th overall. No writer listed him higher than eighth, and the two writers who had him there were Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald (Miami) and Mel Antonen of Sports Illustrated.
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