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Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena And Jose Castillo Killed In Car Crash

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Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena And Jose Castillo Killed In Car Crash

Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena And Jose Castillo Killed In Car Crash

Heartbreaking news, according to multiple reports, former MLB infielders Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in a car accident on Thursday in Venezuela.

Valbuena, 33, and Castillo, 37, who were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara, had just finished playing winter ball and decided to head home when their vehicle hit a rock and flew off the road.

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Carlos Rivero, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks briefly in 2014, was driving the car, according to The Register, but survived the accident. The Major League Baseball confirmed Valbuena and Castillo’s death in a Tweet early Thursday morning.

“We are saddened by the tragic news that Luis Valbuena and former major leaguer Jose Castillo have died in a car accident,” The Angles baseball team also followed up with a tweet saying, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Angel Luis Valbuena and former MLB infielder José Castillo. Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief.”

Valbuena has been in the MBL for 11 years. He first started out in 2008 with the Seattle Mariners. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros. Valbuena spent 2018 with the Angels and played his final game with the team until August and became a free agent.

Castillo spent five seasons in the major league. He played four years with the Pirates and also played for the San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros. Castillo’s final season in the majors came in 2008. Most recently, he’d been playing professional baseball in Japan.

Valbuena and Castillo will both be missed.

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