Former Astros shortstop Julio Lugo dies at 45, report says
November 15, 2021
Julio Lugo, who started his 12-year major league career in Houston during in the early 2000s, died Monday according to multiple reports.
Lugo died of a heart attack, according to ESPN. He was one day shy of his 46th birthday.
Houston selected Lugo in the 43rd round of the 1994 draft. He made his major league debut in 2000 and appeared in 140 games for a 2001 club that claimed a National League Central division championship. Lugo played in 344 games from 2000-02 before an abrupt end to his Astros career in 2003.
The Astros released Lugo in May 2003 after his arrest on a misdemeanor assault charge against his wife. Lugo's wife alleged that Lugo hit her in the face and slammed her head into a car hood during an argument at Minute Maid Park. Lugo denied the accusations and was later acquitted by a Harris County jury.
Lugo played for five more teams and amassed 1,279 hits in his 12-year career. He won a World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007.