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Monday, November 15, 2021

Former Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo dies at 45, ESPN reports

Julio Lugo, a former Red Sox shortstop, has died, according to ESPN. He was 45.

ESPN baseball writer Enrique Rojas shared on social media Monday that Lugo’s family informed him of Lugo’s passing and the probable cause, a heart attack.

Lugo played shortstop in the Red Sox’ 2007 World Series season, the first year of a four-year, $36 million contract he signed with the team as a free agent. Brought in to replace the defensively gifted Alex Gonzalez, Lugo was signed in part to provide more offense, particularly with his speed on the basepaths, in a position that had been filled on a long-term basis with no success since the 2004 trade of Nomar Garciaparra.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 02:14 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: November 15, 2021 at 04:01 PM (#6052994)
In July of 2009, Lugo was traded by the Red Sox to the Cardinals, for whom he hit .277/.351/.432 over 51 games. He saw action in that year's NLDS---his last postseason appearances---batting .400/.500/.600 (6 pa) as the Cardinals were swept by the Dodgers.

Lugo started more than half of the Cardinals' games during his time with the team, splitting time at 2B, spelling Skip Schumaker vs. LHP, and at shortstop, for more offense than Brendan Ryan was providing.

July 22, 2009: Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the St. Louis Cardinals for Chris Duncan.

Lugo was 33 at the time of the trade, less than 12-1/2 years ago, and Chris Duncan was 28. Both have now passed away, Duncan at 38 in 2019 from the brain cancer that he battled for several years.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 04:01 PM (#6052995)

RIP. The second former MLB player to die at age 45 in about a week, after Pedro Feliciano.
   3. Sleepy was just looking for porta potties Posted: November 15, 2021 at 04:19 PM (#6053008)
I was a huge fan of both chris duncan and Brendan Ryan. I think I was even sponsoring Brendan’s b-r page when the lugo trade happened.

Needless to say I was not a fan of this trade…
   4. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 15, 2021 at 05:46 PM (#6053029)
Dude was convicted for beating his wife and in 3 years with the Red Sox produced -0.3 WAR, though he had a nice 2007 WS.

That is all I have to say about that.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 15, 2021 at 06:22 PM (#6053030)
Dude was convicted for beating his wife

I'm not defending Lugo, but he was in fact acquitted of the charges, not convicted.

Devil Rays infielder Julio Lugo was acquitted on charges of assault/family violence by a six-person jury Wednesday, a day after his wife testified that she had exaggerated the circumstances that led to Lugo's arrest April 30 in Houston.

The jury of four men and two women deliberated for 20 minutes in Harris County Criminal Court in Houston before delivering the verdict in a trial that ended a day early.

   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 15, 2021 at 08:20 PM (#6053040)
Dave, thx for clarifying, I had that wrong. I guess if you are some kind of crazy-arsed woman you would just beat your own head up against a large motor vehicle.
   7. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 16, 2021 at 07:52 AM (#6053079)
RIP. Maybe God will tell him if Jerry Meals was right or wrong.

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