Former MLB infielder Julio Lugo, who spent three seasons with the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at 45 of a heart attack, according to multiple reports. Lugo’s passing came one day before his 46th birthday.
The Red Sox mourn the loss of former shortstop and 2007 World Series Champion Julio Lugo.— Red Sox (@RedSox) November 15, 2021
We send our thoughts and love to the Lugo family. pic.twitter.com/CBtKLitXMf
Spending time with the Astros, Rays, and Dodgers for the first seven seasons of his career, Lugo joined the Red Sox on a four-year, $36 million contract ahead of the 2007 season, and was the team’s starting shortstop on their run to the 2007 World Series. The 2007 campaign was Lugo’s best with Boston, as he hit eight home runs, 73 RBIs, and stole 33 bases in 147 games. Lugo turned it on during the 2007 World Series, too, with a .385 average (5-for-13) in Boston’s four-game sweep of the Rockies.
Traded to St. Louis during the 2009 season amid some Boston struggles, Lugo would spend time with the Cardinals, Orioles, and Braves before his career came to an end in 2011.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Lugo finished his 12-season career with a .269 average, 80 home runs, 475 RBIs, 198 stolen bases, and 1,279 career hits.