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Julio Lugo, a former MLB shortstop who retired in 2011, has died of an apparent heart attack. Lugo's family told ESPN's Enrique Rojas of the ballplayer's passing.
Julio Lugo's family told me of the death of the former MLB player, presumably due to a heart attack.
Lugo was 45 years old.#RIP
— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) November 15, 2021
Lugo was 45, and would have turned 46 on Nov. 16.
Over his 12-year career, Lugo played for seven teams: the Houston Astros (the team that drafted him in 1994), Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, St. Lous Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He spent the most time (four seasons) with the Astros and Devil Rays, but is most remembered for his three years with the Red Sox, during which he played a major role in helping Boston win the 2007 World Series.
After hitting just .237 during the 2007 regular season and .200 in the American League Championship Series, Lugo busted out in the World Series, hitting .385 with five hits in 13 at bats, one double, and three walks against the Colorado Rockies. Boston swept Colorado in four games.
When he retired, Lugo had a lifetime triple slash of .269/.333/.384.
Former clubs, teammates pay tribute to Lugo
Several former MLB players paid tribute to Lugo on social media, as did the some of the clubs he played with during his time in the majors.
RIP Julio Lugo. Back in 2008 I was in extended spring training getting ready for my first season with the Lowell Spinners. He spent some time with us young kids in Ft. Myers during a rehab assignment. He taught us a lot about infield routines and how to be a professional.
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) November 15, 2021
RIP Julio Lugo. He helped me early on in my career with my routine and to stick to it regardless of outcome
— Josh Reddick (@RealJoshReddick) November 15, 2021
The Red Sox mourn the loss of former shortstop and 2007 World Series Champion Julio Lugo.
We send our thoughts and love to the Lugo family. pic.twitter.com/CBtKLitXMf
— Red Sox (@RedSox) November 15, 2021
We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Devil Rays shortstop Julio Lugo. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/7EiQkxTe9T
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 15, 2021
— MLB Vault (@MLBVault) November 15, 2021
Fans also warmly remembered some of Lugo's best MLB moments, like when he hit two home runs in one inning against the Orioles in 2006.
Or on May 13, 2007 — Mother's Day — when Lugo tapped the winning hit to cap off a six-run ninth-inning rally, which was also against the Orioles.