Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Killed In Venezuelan Car Crash

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Rita Gibson | 07 December, 2018, 19:22

This is just frightful news to wake up to as the entire baseball world is in shock and in mourning upon finding out former infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo passed away in a tragic auto accident after a winter league game.

All three men were playing for the Venezuela Winter League club Cardenales de Lara.

According to the Register, the two former pros were in a auto driven by teammate Carlos Rivero after a Thursday night game when it hit a rock and careened off the road in the state of Yarucuy.

Major League Baseball tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died.

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Castillo, 37, played in the majors as an infielder from 2004 to 2008 with the Pirates, Giants, and Astros. Reports indicated that the driver of the vehicle and teammate Carlos Rivero both survived.

Valbuena played for the Angels the past two seasons. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief". He also played for the Mariners, Indians, Cubs and Astros during an 11-year career that began in 2008. He was a lifetime.226 hitter with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs. He batted.256/.297/.380 with 33 home runs in 465 games during his four seasons in Pittsburgh, playing 388 games at second base, 41 at third base, 10 at shortstop and one in right field.

According to Spotrac, Valbuena is estimated to have earned more than $28 million in his career.

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