Jonathan Lucroy to attend President Obama’s “State of the Union” address


Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is headed to Washington, D.C. to attend President Barack Obama’s annual “State of the Union” address to Congress on January 20 as the guest of Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson.

Johnson invited Lucroy in recognition of the catcher’s charity work and Lucroy told the Associated Press:

Huge honor. I’m going to do something not a lot of people get to do. I’m going to do something or see something that a lot of people won’t be able to watch or see.

In addition to serving as the spokesperson for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Brewers Community Foundation charities, Lucroy is involved in the Honor Flight Network that brings World War II veterans to Washington. He met Johnson via that work last year.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.