Former major leaguer Julio Lugo charged with kidnapping in the Dominican Republic


Julio Lugo, who played for seven teams in a 12-year career, was once arrested for slamming his wife’s head into the hood of a car and who was widely discussed as having attitude problems wherever he played has run into some legal trouble in the Dominican Republic.

D-Rays Bay has the story. Short version Lugo and some friends are alleged to have kidnapped a man and his girlfriend and held them hostage at gunpoint over some sort of business disagreement. The details, translated from the Spanish language reports, can all be read over at D-Rays Bay. For what it’s worth Carlos Jose Lugo, an executive with the Tigres del Licey (no idea if he’s related to Julio) says that I/we should not take this report at face value:

So who knows. But I know this much: getting arrested for kidnapping and holding people hostage at gunpoint is not a good thing and that’s still the case even if you didn’t do it.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”