Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in vehicle crash

Dec 08, 2018, 01:10
Former MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in vehicle crash

Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in a vehicle crash in Venezuela.

Valbuena was 33 and Castillo 37.

Valbuena hit.199 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 96 games last season for the Los Angeles Angels.

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"We lost our players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo in a traffic accident".

Castillo debuted in Major League Baseball in 2004 and played four seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to ABC13, the men were headed to the city of Barquisimeto for a game against the Bravos de Margarita scheduled for Friday.

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The pair had played in a game for the Venezuelan Winter League's Cardenales de Lara earlier in the evening and were both passengers in the vehicle, per BeisbolPlay journalists Carlos Valmore Rodriguez and Andrew Sanchez Ruiz. He split 2008 between the Giants and Astros, then finished his career by playing three professional seasons in Japan. He spent time with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros before his stint with the Angels.

'Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief'.

He said players travelling behind Valbuena and Castillo "saw when the auto lost control and could not do anything". "He was a productive player on the field and played a key role in the Astros run to the postseason in 2015", the statement reads. He batted.254 with 39 home runs and 218 RBI during his five Major League Baseball seasons.

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He played mostly second base and third base.

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