November 16, 1975 |
Barahona, Dominican Republic
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 15, 2000 for the Houston Astros|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 23, 2011 for the Atlanta Braves|
|Runs batted in||475|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lugo attended Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, New York, where he batted .350. He also played sandlot baseball for the Youth Service League in Brooklyn, New York whose alumni include Manny Ramírez and Shawon Dunston. Lugo starred at Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma
He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 43rd round of the 1994 amateur draft. He signed with them on May 17, 1995.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox
Lugo was brought on to bat leadoff, but was moved by manager Terry Francona to the bottom part of the order primarily due to his inability to consistently get on base. From June 15 to July 3 Lugo went 0–31 from the plate. Since 1996, only one other Major League player with more than 250 at bats 80 games into the season has had a lower batting average: Greg Vaughn, .163 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2002.
After the first week of July 2007, Lugo turned his hitting performance around, compiling a 14-game hitting streak on July 25, 2007. He was 24-for-54 (.444) during the career-best streak, raising his average from .189 to .226.
As of July 5, 2008, Lugo had committed 16 errors, which not only led all big-league players, but was also nearly one-third of the 50 errors made by the Red Sox as a team. He was hitting .268 with one home run and 22 RBIs. Rookie shortstop Jed Lowrie was called up from the Pawtucket Red Sox to fill in for Lugo while he was on the Disabled List.
On March 17, 2009, Lugo underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus cartilage. Lugo was expected to be out for three to four weeks. Upon his return, Lugo got off to a slow start and was on a day-to-day playing rotation with fellow shortstop Nick Green.
St. Louis Cardinals
Lugo signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on May 23, 2011. He had his contract purchased on June 21. On July 26, Lugo was involved in a controversial play that ended the game in the 19th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves and Pirates were tied at 3. There were runners on the corners. Lugo was on third. Scott Proctor hit a grounder to Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez threw quickly to Michael McKenry, who tagged Lugo. However, home plate umpire Jerry Meals called Lugo safe, which allowed him to score the game-winning run. As the Braves were celebrating, Clint Hurdle argued the call. The Braves released him on September 2, 2011.
- ESPN - Dodgers acquire Maddux, Lugo at deadline - MLB
- ESPN - Red Sox agree to 4-year, $36M deal with Lugo - MLB
- Edes, Gordon (June 28, 2007). "Schilling out until after break". The Boston Globe.
- http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9346064/Lugo-has-right-knee-surgery,-will-miss-3-4-weeks?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=49 Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
- "Duncan on way to Boston for Lugo". stltoday.com. Retrieved 2009-07-22.[dead link]
- "Orioles Trade for Lugo". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2010-04-01.
- http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?playerId=4290 | title=Julio Lugo Stats, News, Photos
- Braves Sign Julio Lugo, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 23, 2011.
- Bastian, Jordan (January 22, 2012). "Indians ink Lugo to Minor League deal". indians.com.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Julio Lugo Foundation