Julio Lugo, a Dominican-born shortstop who played in the MLB for 12 years on 7 teams, has sadly passed away at the age of 45. He would have turned 46 on the following day. Gianmarco Castronovo offers his condolences to Julio Lugo’s family, loved ones and former teammates.

In his 12-year career as a professional baseball shortstop, Julio Lugo played on 7 MLB teams.  He initially made his debut on the Houston Astros in 2000 and remained on the team until 2003.  Julio then continued to play for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003 — 2006), Los Angeles Dodgers (2006), Boston Red Sox (2007 — 2009), St. Louis Cardinals (2009), Baltimore Orioles (2010), and the Atlanta Braves (2011).

By far, one of the most memorable highlights of Julio Lugo’s career was playing in the 2007 World Series.  As always, Julio represented the Boston Red Sox as shortstop.  The team, of course, came out victorious as the World Series Champions, annihilating the Colorado Rockies in the 4-game series!

Rest in Peace, Julio Lugo.  You will be sorely missed by fans and all who had the opportunity to play with you in the MLB.