Julio Lugo, shortstop for 2007 champion Boston Red Sox, dies at 45

Lugo hung out with the Astros, Rays, Red Sox, Dodgers, Braves, Orioles and Cardinals in his 12-year career

Former MLB shortstop Julio Lugo has died, his family has told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. The explanation for death is believed to be a attack . Lugo, who was 45, was set to show 46 on Tuesday.

Lugo spent parts of 12 seasons (2000-2011) in big league Baseball and ended up being a touch of a journeyman. He played for the Astros for parts of 4 seasons then the Rays for parts of 4 seasons. He later spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox and had one-year-or-fewer stints with the Dodgers, Braves, Orioles and Cardinals.

Born within the Dominican Republic , Lugo visited highschool in Brooklyn then played for Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. He was drafted within the 43rd round in 1994. Starting in Low-A ball in 1995, Lugo advanced slowly but steadily through the minors and debuted within the majors in 2000 at age 24.

In his 12 years, Lugo hit .269/.333/.384 (87 OPS+) with 1,279 hits, 238 doubles, 34 triples, 80 home runs, 475 RBI, 688 runs, 198 stolen bases and 13.5 WAR. He was the Red Sox’s everyday shortstop in 2007 once they won the planet Series. During that four-game Fall Classic sweep of the Rockies, Lugo was 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

After his final MLB game, Lugo kept playing, participating within the Dominican Winter League, the Caribbean Series then independent ball in 2013.

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