In a time of year all but void of Baltimore Orioles’ news, unfortunately this qualifies. Former Oriole Julio Lugo‘s family has announced that he has passed away. It’s believed that Lugo died of a heart attack.
Lugo was acquired by the Orioles via a low level trade towards the end of spring training in 2010. He appeared in 93 games for the Birds that year, hitting .249. At the time he was a journeyman utility guy just looking to extend his career. However that was a transitional year for the organization. He was one of the guys I always semi-credited with showing the eventual team leaders of the 2010’s the way, and how things should be done on a big league roster.
However whatever he was to the organization during his short tenure, he’s now gone from this world. Deepest of condolences to all who knew and loved him, especially his children. Julio Lugo was 45 years old.