Two Former MLB Players Killed In Car Crash

Two Former MLB Players Killed In Car Crash

The MLB community lost two of its members Friday when free agent infielder Luis Valbuena and former player Jose Castillo died together in a vehicle accident.

According to reports, both Castillo and Major League Baseball free agent Luis Valbuena were killed when their auto hit a rock in the road, and crashed.

Teammate Carlos Rivero, a former infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was in the front seat of the vehicle alongside his chauffeur, Raul Alvarez.

He also had played for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners.

The Cardenales de Lara, the team Valbuena and Castillo were playing for, called the accident a "horrible tragedy", in a statement.

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Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo have been killed in a auto crash in Venezuela.

According to the Register, Valbuena spent 11 years in the majors, most recently with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August.

The Astros - for whom Valbuena played 222 games in 2015 and 2016, and Castillo played 15 games in 2008 - paid tribute to both in a prepared statement.

Castillo played from 2004 to 2008 in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros. In 592 career games, he hit.254 with a.296 on-base percentage, a.379 slugging percentage, 39 homers and 218 RBIs.

Valbuena was known throughout baseball for his bat flips and overall joy for the game, as the veteran infielder even pimped his walks. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to their families, friends and fans, particularly those in their native Venezuela".

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